76ers Sign High School Student With Down Syndrome To Two-Day Contract
The Philadelphia 76ers welcomes a new player to the team! The Sixers announced that they have signed Bensalem High School senior Kevin Grow to a ceremonial two-day contract.
The contract was offered in-person by Sixers President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Sam Hinkie.
Grow has become an inspiration to the Sixers organization, as his story has swept the nation. Grow, who has Down syndrome, has served as his high school basketball team’s manager for four seasons. His coaches put him on the court for the team’s final two matches of the season, and his first varsity games, in which he scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers and a buzzer beater.
According to NBA.com:
“After he signs his two-day contract, Grow will eat dinner in the players lounge, tour the practice facility and receive Sixers gear. He will join the team on the floor toward the end of practice, meet and shoot around with his new teammates, be greeted by his coaches.
On Tuesday, February 18, before the Sixers host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m., Grow will participate in pregame activities starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, arriving early with his family to see his locker in the Sixers locker room and receive a custom jersey. Grow will then watch pregame warm-ups, take part in the high-five tunnel when players take the court for the game and stand with his team during the National Anthem. During a timeout, Grow and the Bensalem High School basketball team will take the court for a special presentation.”
We are so proud of you Kevin Grow, you are truly an inspiration to us all!