Good News: Dylan's hoops dream comes true

Good News: Dylan's hoops dream comes true

JEFF DAVIS CO., GA (WTOC) - Sometimes dreams do come true.

WTOC showed you a video Hazlehurst's Donald Bonner sent us of a special high school student getting his chance to play in a basketball game.

The video has gone viral, as Jeff Davis County's Dylan Duncan fulfilled his dream.

Duncan spends every spare minute he can shooting hoops in the gym at Jeff Davis County High. The quiet 12th grader hasn't let Down syndrome keep him from loving the game and making friends.

"Anytime you see him he's got a smile on his face. He brightens up your day even when you're having a bad day. You can't help but love him," said Keegan Alls, classmate.

Coaches and Dylan's family came up with the idea to let him dress out for the last JV game of the year Monday against Vidalia.

"We thought he might get to shoot a couple of times," said Camila Orduna, sister. He was the happiest guy to ever sit on the bench."

When the horn sounded without Dylan getting on the court, everybody thought, at least he got to dress out for the game.

But then, both coaches agreed to put two minutes back on the clock, and out came Dylan.

When asked what he did when he got on the court. Dylan just smiles, and flexes.

All that practice paid off as he started making baskets. Four total.

"I was happy, full of joy, seeing Dylan get to do something that he enjoys doing," said Tracy Sailem, classmate.

"I'm a softie and I almost started crying when I saw it because he's always in here practicing during gym class," said Alls.

The Yellow Jackets' coach says some things rank higher than winning and losing.

"I've been part of some really great teams and won a lot. But if that's all we're doing, we're wasting our time. If we're not spending time with kids, loving them and helping make their dreams come true, we're wasting our time," said Coach Donnie Arrington.

It's a memory Dylan, and everyone around him, will keep long after high school ends.

"This is bigger than basketball, bigger than a game. It's teaching you can dreams really do come true and that's what happened for Dylan," said Alls.

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