High school manager with Down Syndrome scores 14 points (4 3-pointers) in final 2 minutes of final home game
Just a week into the 2nd month of the year, we have already had a few inspirational and feel good stories for 2014. There’s the tearjerker story of the Millitary Mom who surprised her son at a basketball game last month that made my eyes sweat a little. There’s the story of Ebony Nettles-Bey, a high school basketball star with Cancer that dreams of meeting her idol LeBron James; when Ebony’s story came out, over a hundred thousand tweets were sent and retweeted with the hashtag #LeBronMeetEbony to get James’ attention. It worked, and Ebony will meet LeBron next month on March 29th when the Heat visit the Bucks.
Another hashtag that was going around in January was #GetJoseOnESPN. Jose Meraz is a special needs student/manager for Deer Valley High and with a minute left in a blowout, the Valley coach asked Jose to suit up and get in the game. He also asked the opposing coach to pull a Chris Webber so Valley could send a player to the free throw line to shoot the technical. Jose went to the line and missed but with seconds left in the game, Jose made an off the backboard 3 pointer. I don’t think he called glass but it counted more than probably any other 3 pointer made in a 40 point blowout.
KEVIN GROW’S AMAZING GAME
Then there’s Kevin Grow. Like Jose, Kevin is a team manager. He’s been the team manager for Bensalem High School for 4 years and with 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter of the final home game, Owls coach John Mullins asked Kevin to suit up. What happened next is just amazing. On his first possession, the opposing team allowed Kevin to attempt a wide open free throw. He missed it and was a given a second chance and made the shot. His teammates and crowd celebrated and cheered and all assumed those would be Kevin’s only points. Then Kevin made a 3 pointer. Then another. Then another! Then of course ANOTHER AT THE BUZZER!
“It felt like a movie.” said Coach Mullins
“It’s tough to describe. It really is,” Mullin said. “It’s one of those things that doesn’t happen often.”
Grow worked on his three-point shot during Bensalem’s practices this season. And the Owls do not end practice until Grow hits a free throw.
“He’s a gift from God — he really is,” Mullin said.
My new year resolution was to loose some weight and I’m on my way from all the ‘sweating” i’m doing from hearing these stories.