Glenville grad paralyzed in crash honored at basketball game

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CLEVELAND-- There was a special moment before Tuesday night's basketball game between Glenville and Beachwood at Glenville High School.

Antonio Mason, a 2011 graduate, was presented with a varsity jacket and a certificate of appreciation for being an inspiration to many.

"This young man is truly the most inspirational person I have ever met.  If you get a chance to talk to him, you will walk away a better person," said Michael Holt, basketball coach.

On Oct. 12, 2014, Mason was rear-ended by a drunk driver at the intersection of Kinsman Road and Ensign Avenue in Cleveland. The crash left Mason paralyzed from the chest down.

"My neck is broken so I can barely move it so we are trying to get to the point where I can move it. I am doing therapy every day, though it's tough," Mason said.

Before the accident, basketball was Mason's life. At the time, he was captain of the Cuyahoga Community College basketball team.

Eighteen days later, Mason became a father.

He said his son is the reason he will walk again one day.

"He gives me motivation.  Chasing him in a wheelchair is hard.  He is going to get bigger, faster, stronger, so I gotta get faster and stronger.  He pushes me every day," said Mason.

Mason is also appearing in a new PSA about the risks of drunk driving.

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