In the small central Nebraska community of Doniphan one shot during a recent basketball game is still being talked about. The play sent a surge of emotions through a high school gym and beyond.
The game in hand, the final score didn't matter as much as the last basket for the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals. Trevor Delka who has a learning disability took the pass and shot. The crowd’s reaction tells us the rest. The gym erupts into cheers.
A senior, Trevor sat on the bench throughout high school as student manager. But coach Steve Hartman allowed him to suit up one game last weekend. When Trevor got in the game he took his best shot and made it count.
By phone Trevor’s mother Lisa Delka says her son will always remember that moment of athletic glory. Lisa says, " It’s his big moment and even just two points but to Trev it was like he won the whole game himself."
When Trevor came in coaches and players from rival Superior showed sportsmanship by not trying to block his shot. Lisa says, "It shows to be kind to people no matter what their differences are, just give everybody a chance."
Cardinal fan Jimmy Rash snapped a shot of the shot. Trevor’s excitement rushed through the gym. The cheers lead to tears from a proud mother.
Lisa says, " I told him that's his 15 minutes of fame."
One basket in the bucket list for Trevor, his parents and basketball fans in small town Nebraska.
Trevor’s mother says he plans to attend a technical college that specializes in students with learning disabilities. A unique internet service called Striv-tv provided access to the video of Trevor’s shot and highlights of many small town Nebraska basketball games.