VIDEO: Simulated stations helped students experience what it's like to have a disability.

VICTOR — It's been 12 years since that miraculous day when Jason McElwain came off the bench at Greece Athena High School and scored 20 points in the basketball team's last home game of the season, but J-Mac, as he is popularly known, is still scoring points in his community and beyond.

Just two days after completing his fourth Boston Marathon, McElwain was at Victor Junior High School Wednesday to take part in a disability awareness program in which students circulated through six different stations, simulating what it would be like to have a particular disability.

“This is our disability awareness class,” said physical education teacher Frank Clark, longtime friend of McElwain's from their coaching days. “We changed the name to ability awareness. We tried to get away from that disability because all these kids have abilities, a lot of really good abilities.”

McElwain, who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, was there to inspire the kids to follow their dreams, and relate his story, part of which was shown through an ESPN video, projected on the wall, of the actual Feb. 15, 2006 game.

He said his parents were told he would never be able to walk or talk.

“I'm standing here, aren't I?” he said, pacing before a group of seventh-graders. “I'm talking, aren't I?”

McElwain said he started playing basketball in third grade, looking up to his older brother Josh, who is now a teacher in Florida.

In his sophomore year, he wanted to play varsity basketball. The coach told him he was not good enough to make the team, but offered him a team manager position instead, which McElwain accepted. Many still remember him in his white shirt and black tie on the sidelines, helping and encouraging his teammates.

“My goal was to win a sectional title, more than anything I'd ever done before,” McElwain said. “That senior season, it was a magical year, but it did not start so magical.”

He said there were a lot of distractions and the team was not doing well.

“Coach (Jim) Johnson lit us up one day,” McElwain said. “He said you guys are a bunch of individuals who don't want to play together. It struck us like a light. We had to turn our season around.”

And they did. In the final game of the season, his teammates vowed to get a big lead so McElwain could play.

With slightly more than 4 minutes left, up by 20 points, Johnson sent in No. 52 and what happened next became worldwide history.

Shot after shot — including some 3-pointers — McElwain kept scoring. In fact, his 20 points in those final moments made him the game's high scorer.

Johnson's Trojans went on to win their first sectional title that year and McElwain gained international fame, meeting many celebrities, including Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning and then-President George W. Bush on a Rochester-area visit. Bush said he shed a tear when he watched footage of the amazing feat.

In the 12 years since, McElwain has been working at Wegmans, coaching basketball and soccer, giving motivational speeches all over the country and turning his love of sports to running, including the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“The weather conditions were the worst I've ever seen,” McElwain said. “It was pouring rain, 40 mph winds in your face. It was miserable. I had a thought — just get through it.”

Remembering the bombing five years ago that claimed the lives of three people and injured several others inspired him, as well as thoughts of his running friend, Jill Skivington Jackett, a Wheatland-Chili teacher killed in a November hit-and-run crash while jogging on Elmwood Avenue near the University of Rochester.

McElwain is now pursuing a goal of becoming a full-time personal trainer, emphasizing the importance of health and taking care of one's self.

“The thing I never took for granted is always give back to the community when success hits you,” McElwain told the Victor students, advising they set goals, write a plan, stick to it and always do something for someone else.

As part of its bullying prevention program, the district annually offers the awareness class in which students get a brief chance to feel what it is like to have sight or hearing impairments, trying to do things without a limb, or attempting to figure things out with a cognitive disability.

In the first station — which many kids found the most difficult — they pretended to be blind while another student verbally directed them around an obstacle course, telling them when to turn or where to move to avoid certain objects.

“It's not easy to do,” said Ava Zaccour. “You have to work hard. It you can't see with your own eyes, it's very hard. You don't even know if you're going backwards or forwards.”

Carter Fink said it was really difficult trying to button up a shirt with tube socks over his hands so they could experience what it is like to try to do something without the use of their fingers.

“As we put you guys through these stations, we want you to truly pretend you have that disability,” said physical education teacher Nate VanKouwenberg, working with Clark and another colleague, Jamie Smith. “Make sure you guys are really pretending what it would be like to have this challenge every minute of every day.”

Other stations included playing volleyball while sitting, experiencing a lack of lower mobility, and competing in badminton using just one arm.

“Our goal is so when you do come across someone who may have some of these challenges, you can have a better appreciation and understanding for how they must feel going through their day-to-day lives,” VanKouwenberg said.

Zaccour and Fink acknowledged feeling increased empathy.

Fink said a lot of people think someone with a disability is not as good as everyone else, but that they're each a person and everyone is equal.