Pennsylvania teen with Down syndrome signs with the 76ers

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( Sometimes in sports, moments occur that are truly transcendent. Game-winning shots, overtime touchdowns, walk-off homeruns – the things that make us get up out of our seats and enthusiastically embrace the stranger sitting next to us.

Sports have an ability to bring people together like few other things can, and this week we were reminded of that fact.

When 18-year-old Kevin Grow took to the floor at Bensalem High School during Senior Night against Neshaminy last week, little did he know that what would happen next would make national headlines.

Grow was born with Down syndrome and has served as the manager of the Bensalem boys basketball team for the last four seasons. When he entered Saturday’s game against Neshaminy, it was his second game ever. The first had come one night earlier, when he scored a layup and hit one free throw against Abington, finishing with three points. With two minutes left in the game on Senior Night, Bensalem head coach John Mullin called Kevin’s number. What happened next was remarkable.

Grow hit four three-pointers in the final two minutes of the game, igniting the crowd and lifting Bensalem to a 64-40 win over Neshaminy. The whole thing was caught on film, and within hours, it’d gone viral.


The video even made its way to Sixers President and General Manager Sam Hinkie, who decided to sign Grow to a two-day contract.

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