ESPN spotlights story of El Paso basketball manager
EL PASO — A real life fairy tale continues for a special needs student at Coronado High School. Mitchell Marcus is the manager of the boys basketball team.
From El Paso to New York City, Mitchell Marcus' story has now been told in living rooms across the nation. Marcus got to suit up for his team's final game against Franklin High two weeks ago, and with just a minute and half remaining his coach put him in the game.
The crowd started chanting, "Mitchell, Mitchell."
"When he got in the game everybody started changing his name, and I started tearing up," said his father, Clement Marcus.
The rest of the story plays out sort of like a movie.
"Then he scored the basket and I pretty much lost it for 5 or 10 seconds," said Clement.
The story has gone viral. CBS came to El Paso to interview Marcus and his coach.
It's one of the most watched stories on the network's website so far this year. ON Thursday, ESPN came calling.
Teammates cut class to watch the story told yet again, this time on Sportscenter,
as Marcus and others were interviewed about that magical moment.
"It was my dream of my entire life to be on there and my dream came true," said Mitchell.
"I think what made it national is a rivalry was set aside to make one student's dream come true for Mitchell. Both schools gave that up that to chant his name and make it so he could score at the last seconds of the game," said Mitchell's coach, Peter Morales.
It's a story of community and sportsmanship and one shining a spotlight on El Paso, the city at its finest forr all the world to see.
"Thanks to the city of El paso. It's been awesome and we love it here," said Clement Marcus.