SM North special needs student gets chance to start for Indians basketball team

2015 Northman Sam Rogers (C) is flanked by runners-up Isaiah Shields (L) and Michael Schley.
2015 Northman Sam Rogers (C) is flanked by runners-up Isaiah Shields (L) and Michael Schley.

Last month, we told you about Sam Rogers, the SM North senior with Down syndrome who was named 2015 Northman — the highest honor the students can bestow upon a male classmate.

Turns out Rogers’ time in the spotlight wasn’t quite over.

Rogers has a special love for athletics. He’s been a manager on the SM North football and basketball teams for two years, and competes in the Special Olympics.

On Friday, he got to make his debut as a high school basketball player, as well. With the aid of SM Northwest, the SM North’s opponent in their final regular season game of the year, the Indians’ arranged for Rogers to start the game. SM North won the tip, and had a play drawn up to give Rogers a shot under the basket. He nailed it. And the crowd went wild.

We weren’t able to be there ourselves, but WDAF’s Katie Banks had a great piece on the evening. Check it out here: