Beating the Odds: Local Special Olympics Star Winning On and Off the Court

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DALLAS - Last time we visited Coleman Jones, he was transitioning from the responsibilities of high school to the responsibilities of adulthood. The Highland Park High School grad has been keeping busy on the hardwood, living out some pretty exciting hoop dreams.

On Friday, he banked a three pointer! Then on Saturday during the Midlothian Special Olympics basketball tournament, he hit a three-point buzzer beater to win the game! Let’s just say he had a good feeling about the shot, "I knew it was going to go in, no doubt."

Not only does Coleman have ice cold water running through his veins on the court, he has ice cold ice cream on deck for dessert lovers in Dallas. Coleman's been working at Howdy Homemade; it's a business dedicated to hiring people with special needs. Owner Tom Landis explains, "There are 240,000 adults in North Texas alone with special needs that can't find jobs and I think from that pool, we can revolutionize the restaurant industry."

And the money Coleman is earning isn't just for himself. "I'm going to give the money to either my grandparents or my family and let them distribute it," he said.

Right now, Coleman's family is riding the wave. His mother is especially proud. "It has been an amazing blessing, the favor that he's had and I don't know what the future holds but so far it's been great fun," she said.

So stay tuned for this sharpshooter. We have a feeling Coleman has plenty more shots up his sleeve.