As if being mobbed by schoolmates after making a two-point shot at the end of a basketball game Tuesday wasn't enough, Mitchell Marcus' story may go national.
Mitchell, a special-needs student at Coronado High School, became an instant hero when he was put into a game against Franklin High School and made the shot after several attempts.
A movement by Coronado and Franklin students to lobby national networks to show the video of Mitchell has swelled.
They are determined to get it broadcast on ESPN.
Their efforts have attracted the attention of the national sports network and other national networks.
An ESPN representative has spoken to Mitchell's parents about the shot.
Mitchell, a team trainer, got to suit up and make the last basket of the season for the District 1-5A champion Thunderbirds.
His moment captured the hearts of players, coaches and the audience.
It was made possible by an unselfish act of Franklin's Jon Montanez, who gave the ball to Mitchell with 13 seconds left in the game.
After trying to sink the shot three times, Mitchell made the fourth -- which spurred a stampede to congratulate him.
As the news of Mitchell's shot spread through El Paso, students at both schools began using Twitter and the hashtag #GetMitchellOnSC was soon trending.
A large wooden sign that said "#GetMitchOnSportsCenter, #GetItDone!" was placed next to a marquee sign at Coronado.
The Twitter campaign reached high schools on the other side of town.
All-City MVP running back Aaron Jones of Burges High School tweeted, "My Valentines day will be perfect if I see Mitch on Espn/SportsCenter top 10 plays #GetMichOnSC #GetMitchellonSportsCenter #SCtop10."
Jones also plays basketball for the Mustangs.
Clement Marcus, Mitchell's father, said he returned a phone call from ESPN but had not heard back. His wife, Amy Marcus, also spoke with a representative from CBS News.
"It's really reaching out now. We have friends saying they are trying to contact everyone," Clement Marcus said. "My cellphone is ringing off the hook to where I had to turn it off to charge it."
ESPN has also asked for video from the school and from people who attended at the game and witnessed Mitchell's play.
Coronado coach Peter Morales said ESPN called the school Thursday morning.
"We sent them the video and we are waiting to see if they will show it," Morales said.
One of ESPN's anchors tweeted about Mitchell.
Kevin Negandhi tweeted: "Awesome story... Congrats to Mitchell," and then he retweeted a link to a YouTube video of the shot.
The El Paso Independent School District has received multiple inquires from national media. District spokeswoman Renee de Santos said she could not say which networks called because they did not confirm that the story would be picked up.
Even a professional athlete was impressed with the story.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill tweeted, "Great story of sportsmanship!" along with a retweet of a KVIA Channel 7 link.
Lauren Bagg, a Franklin student who recorded the moment on her cellphone, said it has been shared 157 times on Facebook. Her video also was featured on elpasotimes.com.
"I was crying extremely hard (when it happened), I was that emotional," Bagg said. "My brother has special needs, and when he was born, he was in the hospital for three months. And now he is skiing, with help. When I saw that shot, it made me believe anything is possible."
She has been shocked at how students from both schools are trying to get Mitchell's story out.
"A lot of people are talking about how to get him exposure," Bagg said. "I see it on almost all my friends' walls."
Bagg said she was asked to email her video to ESPN.
"They said they are trying to get him on SportsCenter, but they were not sure," Bagg said. "I believe it is going to get up there. It might just take a while."
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