Video: Blind student makes a basket during Michigan school game


ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A heartwarming video captured national attention this week after a blind college student made a field goal during a school basketball game in Michigan.

The game was part of the Unified Sports programming for special education pupils at public schools in Zeeland.

In the video, hundreds of attendees filled the stands, cheering on the student. Moments before the shot, the crowd went almost silent as a woman tapped the back of the hoop to help. Seconds later, the student, who is blind, fired as the crowd watched anxiously.

The ball bounced off the backboard and went in. The crowd erupted in joy.

The student is part of the school’s zLinks program, a peer-to-peer initiative aimed at integrating students with special needs.

“zLinks is an absolute point of pride in our system,” Superintendent Brandi-Lyn Mendham said in a statement. “We are grateful for how this program has impacted our students across the district, as it represents the best of what Zeeland has to offer: compassion, opportunity and connection.”

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