The end of the All-Star break signifies a pivotal time in team restructuring and with a 15-39 record, the Philadelphia 76ers could use a little edge just as much as anyone else.
Their front office decided to open up their doors, and their hearts to Kevin Grow, a special needs high school athlete with down syndrome, to a two-day contract to help out his hometown squad.
As his Bensalem High School basketball team’s manager for the past four years, the 18-year-old senior was asked to suit up for the final two games of the season and he made a big impact. In his first appearance, he scored a total of three points but it was the second game where it seemed like angels were in the backcourt.
Grow hit four three-pointers including a buzzer beater (shown in the video below).
“That’s awesome. There’s nothing like that really to see him out there, he’s great,” said Michael Carter-Williams.
On Tuesday night, Grow will be on center court with his new teammates when the Sixers take on the Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. His Bensalem teammates haven’t been forgotten they too will be recognized.
“His teammates have been great throughout the four years. They’ve always included him. They mess around with him. They really make him feel like part of the team,” said Dorothy Grow, mother.
The Sixers are making Grow feel like part of their team, even taking tips on their own three point shots.
Grow will also get his own custom Sixers jersey.
As an additional bonus, Grow will eat dinner in the players lounge and be present at the tunnel when the players make their entrance. Everybody in the city of Brotherly Love is undoubtedly hoping he gets some PT tomorrow.
Check out the pics of the league’s newest star in the gallery.
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