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Monday
Mar102014

Harlem Globetrotters Recruits Boy with Down Syndrome

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Another dream came true for a Pennsylvania teenager with Down syndrome when he took to the court with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Kevin Grow, 18, of Bensalem, Pa., scored a three-pointer alongside the Globetrotters in front of a hometown crowd Sunday night at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

The three-point basket was especially poignant for Grow, who became a viral star last month thanks to a YouTube video that showed him sinking four three-point shots in the final two minutes of his high school’s senior night basketball game, leading the team to victory.

The video caught the eye of the Globetrotters who asked Grow, known by his teammates as KG3, to come play with his idols.

“He watches the Globetrotters religiously,” said his father Earl Grow.

“He’s always been a fan,” added his mother, Dorothy.

Grow hung out with the Globetrotters in the locker room before the game -- performing some of the tricks they’re known for, like an under-the-leg dribble, right alongside them. But it’s not the first time he’s hit the court with all-star basketball players.

Grow’s YouTube video also caught the eye of the Philadelphia 76ers, who last month signed the high school player to a ceremonial two-day contract that gave him his own team locker, jersey and sneakers and a chance to warm up with the team and sit on the bench with the NBA team.

“Kids with special needs have a lot of abilities you don’t even know,” said Dorothy Grow.  “Don’t underestimate them. Challenge them.”

“Make sure they can reach their full potential,” she added.

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