ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While most of the NBA has been focused on last weekend’s All-Star Game and this upcoming week’s trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers spend the time making a local fan’s dreams come true.
Kevin Grow, who was born with Down syndrome, spent the last four years as the manager of the basketball team at Bensalem High School, just outside of Philadephia. As his senior year drew to an end, Grow suited up and played in a few games. His first time out, he scored three points on a bucket and a free throw. But Grow saved his biggest performance for Senior Night, when he checked in with a few minutes remaining and turned into Steph Curry, draining threes from everywhere …
VIDEO: Kevin Grow Gets Buckets
The video of Grow’s big game went viral. We’ll let Sixers.com pick up the story from there…
The video even made its way to Sixers President and General Manager Sam Hinkie, who decided to sign Grow to a two-day contract.
“What do you say?” said Sixers head coach Brett Brown. “You just walk away and have a little bit more appreciation for a bunch of things. It’s a grounding effect when you see something like that.”
Kevin arrived at the team’s training facility Monday night for his first practice as a member of the Sixers. He received a practice jersey, ate a pre-practice meal with his new teammates, and then took to the court to go through drills with the coaching staff.
“It’s great to be with the Sixers,” Kevin said.
When the Sixers host the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, Grow will have a customized uniform waiting for him in the locker room. He and his family will then head out on the floor to watch pregame warmups from the team’s bench, take part in the high-five tunnel during introductions, and stand alongside his teammates during the national anthem.
Kevin’s inspirational story is a reminder of all the good that sports can do, and it’s a reminder of all the good that we can do when we work together.
To check out photos from Kevin’s time at Sixers practice, there’s a gallery posted here.