Kids with special needs are susceptible to put downs and school bullying, but for high school student Lainy Fredrickson the exact opposite happened.
This past Friday, Fredrickson was sitting with her fellow Norman Lady Tiger basketball teammates just hoping for an opportunity to play in the game.
The Lady Tiger’s were beating their local rival 57-35 and there was less than a minute on the clock when Fredrickson was called in by her coach to play.
At first it seemed like Fredrickson was attempting to exit the court to give her coach a hug but after his urging she quickly stepped back in and got her game face on to play.
Michael Vanderburg videotaped the last minute of the game between cross-town rivals Norman High School and Norman North and posted it on Facebook.
Vanderburg, a local 7th grade teacher and game attendee, captured the crowd as they launched into chants of “Lainy, Lainy, Lainy…” as they wanted the coach to put Fredrickson in the game. He did, and the crowd went into a frenzy.
Fredrickson’s teammates also helped make the game special for her by making sure she scored. In the video, the young girl is continuously being handed the basketball until she gets the ball in the hoop.
After the young girl’s last shot, her fellow teammates swarmed her and the crowd completely lost it.
So far the video has gotten over one million views and Vanderburg is asking for more viewers to share it so the team has a chance of getting on the Ellen show.