Student With Special Needs Scores 14 Points in B-Ball Game

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Feb 9, 2014  |  Updated 7:53 AM EDT
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A special needs student at a local high school put up 14 points in his high school basketball game Saturday.

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A special needs student at a local high school put up 14 points in his high school basketball game Saturday.

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After capturing the hearts of an entire community, a Bensalem teen with hoop dreams managed to top his debut in his encore performance on the court, much to the delight of the crowd.

Kevin Grow's dream began Friday night when the Bensalem High School basketball team faced off against Abington High.

Grow, an 18-year-old senior with special needs at Bensalem, has served as the manager of the school's basketball team for the last four years, but always had the desire to suit up.

"I've always wanted to play on the team," Grow said.

After years of cheering the team on, Grow was finally given the chance to play.

"I found out last week," Grow said. "I was excited."

Grow joined the team on the hardwood Friday night during their game against Abington.

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Kevin seized the moment and scored three points. First he hit a foul shot then he stole the ball and hit a layup, much to the delight of the crowd.

While Bensalem ultimately lost by 9, it was a true victory for Kevin and his supporters in the Bensalem community.

“This is an inspirational story that touches everyone’s hearts,” said Bensalem Police Sergeant Andrew Aninsman. “Also great sportsmanship for Abington. The emotions that everyone felt tonight will never be forgotten.”

Amazingly, Grow put on an even bigger show Saturday afternoon during a home game against Neshaminy High School.

After hitting a layup early on in the game, Grow played during the final two minutes of the 4th quarter. That's when he caught fire, going 4/5 from the 3-point line and finishing with 14 points in all. Bensalem ended up winning by a final score of 64 to 40.

Having fulfilled his basketball dream, Kevin has another goal in mind, making it on SportsCenter's top 10.

"I'd feel good if that happened," Kevin said.

For now however, the teen can take pride in the fact that he's a true inspiration for dream chasers everywhere. For his admirers, Kevin had short but helpful advice.

"Work hard," he said.

Watch Kevin go on his incredible scoring run in the video embedded above.

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