Alyna Macias attended every one of her basketball team’s practices and games, but there was one thing she never got to do—play in a game.
That all changed when a months-long promise was finally granted.
Alyna is the manager for her high school’s junior varsity basketball team.
It was the last game of the season for Tucson High School’s junior varsity team and before the game the team was gathered in their locker room when their coach had something important to tell Alyna.
“You know what’s going to happen in that game today?” the coach asked Alyna. “Remember the promise I made you that I said you’d be able to play. Well, today’s that day.”
At the beginning of the season the coach made a promise to Alyna.
As soon as the coach told Alyna, who has Down Syndrome, that she was going to play in the team’s final game she buried her face in her hands. She couldn’t believe it.
The conversation was captured on camera and her teammates shouts of joy filled the locker room.
During the team’s last game Alyna got to play.
After helping out, coming to practice, and being our manager all season. Our girl Alena finally got her chance to play in her first basketball game 😤🏀🎒 pic.twitter.com/P3dELEgYav
— ky (@kyaunaluna) February 3, 2018
Before the game both teams agreed that no matter how close the score, whenever Alyna went in she’d receive a fair shot.
When Alyna entered the game, the score was tied. According to AllSportsTucson.com, Alyna took her first two shots, but missed. She sunk her next two shots and the crowd went wild.
Alyna scored four points to give her team the lead.
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) February 3, 2018
Andy Morales, who covers high school sports and reported on Alyna’s big game, said the moment she scored her first points was “right up there” with those who scored their 1,000th or 2,000th point.
After the game she was treated like the MVP.
Alyna’s father, Edgar, was extremely grateful for the opportunity given to his daughter.
“It was crazy and something you don’t see from a lot of schools,” he told AllSportsTucson.com. “We couldn’t have done this without Tucson and Flowing Wells.”