1000 To 1 – The Story of Cory Weissman
Cory Weissman played high school basketball for Jackson Memorial High School in New Jersey. Cory scored more than 1,000 points in his high school career, becoming only the 9th player in the school’s history to mark such an achievement. Cory was recruited to play basketball at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania after his amazing performance in high school.
At Gettysburg Cory had his sights set on being the Bullets starting point guard by his sophomore season. However, during his freshman year a severe tragedy struck. On March 26,2009 a tangle of arteries and veins in Cory’s brain called an AVM, or arteriovenous malformation burst. Cory was born with this problem, but as with most AVM’s, it was discovered in a brutal and potentially life threatening way.
Up until this point Cory had never had blurred vision or headaches. He was one of the ten percent whose first symptom was a brain hemorrhage. Cory was left paralyzed on his left side.
Over the next three years, Cory would learn to walk again, to run, to relearn simple tasks that we take for granted every day.
However, in Cory’s senior year he would return to the basketball court and this is how the story unfolds as told on ESPN’s website. A month earlier Gettysburg had played Washington and lost in overtime. This game was the rematch and in coach had not anticipated that Gettysburg would have an 18-point lead with less than a minute to play.
“Cory, you want to go?” Came the question from the coach honestly wondering if he was pressing his luck.
“You kidding me?” Cory answered, pulling off his warm ups before the coach changed his mind.
Corey entered the game with 52 seconds remaining. The opposing coach unexpectedly called a timeout with only 19 seconds left! The coach had an idea.
The coach from Washington told his players to foul Weissman, gently, so he would have an opportunity to score. Washington forward was guarding Cory. Cory gets the ball, and they barely tugged on his jersey and the whistle blew. Cory’s mother was in stands thinking, he’s going to the line. We’re in double-bonus! He has two shots here!
Corey was known for usually missing the first short, short. Sure enough on the first shot, the ball barely grazed the front of the rim.
The coach of Gettysburg said “the place became so quiet he had never heard it that quiet.”
Cory, said “for whatever reason (God knows) the second shot was the most confident shot he had ever taken in his life.” The shot went up and through the hoop and Cory scored the only point of his career at Gettysburg College.
The Gettysburg assistant athletic director wrote Washington’s coach and said he, “Displayed a measure of compassion that I have never witnessed in over thirty years of involvement in intercollegiate athletics.”
Those of us who call ourselves Christians should, because of what Jesus Christ has done for us, be the most compassionate people on the earth. Jesus Christ extended his Grace and love to us when we were yet sinners. Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Grace was defined by Jesus Christ. Luke 4:17-19 (KJV) And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
1 John 2:6 (KJV) “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
If Grace, compassion and love defined Jesus it should define us as well. Are you incorporating the fruit of Jesus Christ’s Spirit in your life? (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV)