Kevin Grow's, high schooler with Down syndrome, gets night with Sixers
FEB 18, 2014 10:15a ET
Kevin Grow, a Philadelphia-area high school senior with Down syndrome, was signed by the 76ers to a two-day ceremonial contract Monday.
His story is inspiring.
Grow was the team manager for his school's basketball team for four years. In the final two games of the season, his coaches put him on the court and he made his mark. The 18-year-old knocked down four three-pointers, hit a buzzer-beater and tallied 14 points.
In an interview with Philly.com, Grow's coach, John Mullin said the whole thing "felt like a movie."
“It’s tough to describe. It really is,” Mullin said. “It’s one of those things that doesn’t happen often.”
The video of Grow's incredible performance has now racked up more than 680,000 views.
Prior to the Sixers' matchup with the Cavs, Grow was given a custom jersey, got to participate in pregame warmups, and ran through the team's high-five tunnel as they entered the court.
Grow's teammates from Bensalem High School were also recognized during the game.
It all began Monday for Grow, as the Sixers said he met and shot around with his new teammates, who are very much on board with their latest acquisition.
"That's awesome. There's nothing like that really to see him out there - he's great," Michael Carter-Williams told abc6 in Philadelphia.
As for the game itself, it wound up as a Cavaliers blowout and chants of "Put Kevin in" even rang out throughout the stands.
With the way the Sixers were shooting, Kevin probably would've been able to knock in a few three pointers and help them out.
What a wonderful night, for a wonderful young man.