Teen Basketball Player with Down Syndrome Wows on the Court… and Heads to the Pros

Ellen's Good News

Philadelphia teen Kevin Grow loves basketball, and after playing just two games, he signed with the pros.

Grow spent his entire high school career as team manager for the Bensalem High Owls. The coach let the senior suit-up for the final two games of the season, but that's all the time he needed to become a star -- and an inspiration.

Grow, who has Down Syndrome, scored three points in his debut game. The next day, he scored a whopping 14 points, four of those from three-pointers in under two minutes.

Grow's amazing skills caught the attention of the Philadelphia 76ers, and on Monday the teen signed a ceremonial 2-day contract with the team. At the signing, he posed for photos, received his practice gear, and ate dinner with his new teammates. He even beat his favorite player, Evan Turner, in a game of 1-on-1!

Grow will participate in pregame activities before the team takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. He'll also take to the court with the Bensalem Owls during a special presentation to celebrate his signing.

The teen's father, Earl, mother Dorothy and sister Laura attended the signing with him, proud to share in this special moment. "You see your kids out there and you want them to succeed," said Earl. "It's no different than any other parent."

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