CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Harry Martz tried out, but didn't make the cut for the Myers Park High School Basketball team. But Head Coach Bob Moran says he saw something special in the 17-year-old.
"The first thing he did when he came to our initial tryouts he walked up to me, got down on the floor, he did three pushups, he sprinted across the floor and came back and said 'coach I think I'm ready."
Harry has autism. His mother Wendy describes her son as a strong athlete, but unable to communicate effectively. While he may not be ready for game action yet, Harry is at every practice, workout and game.
He's the team manager.
"We treat him as we would our other friends. He's just like a regular kid to us," said player Bill Robertson.
Harry has been made so at home in the gym, his mother decided to come up with a way to help pay back the team mates and coach that embraced her son.
That's where "Harry's Ride" was born. Harry is planning on riding his road bike 25 miles around the Myers Park Booty Loop. Each mile, he hopes will be sponsored by a dollar amount. All the money raised will go to Harry's favorite cause; his school's athletic program.
The ride starts this Saturday morning in the Myers Park High School "loop" at 11AM.