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Posted on 02/11/2014 9:30:04 AM PST by Kartographer
There was no shortage of emotion on display when Kevin Grow got a chance to play for the Bensalem (Pa.) Fighting Owls late in the fourth quarter against Neshaminy (Pa.) Saturday. After all, the senior with Down syndrome has been the basketball team's beloved manager for four straight years. But from the look and sound of it on You Tube, no one in the crowd could have scripted this game's finish.
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There are always stories of “special needs” kids who are given 30 seconds after serving the team for years, and proceed to kick butt.
I played with a guy who had Downs Syndrome. Nobody would pick him in pickup basketball at our local gym. I picked him every time. He had about a 90% 3 point shot rate. No kidding. He stood on the same spot, did the same motion, EVERY time. I would feed him the ball after going inside. The first few times he made the three, the opponents would roll their eyes. They they would try to block. It didn’t work, you had to knock the ball out of his hand or he would make it.
I think we should let some of these guys o the “regular” teams at school. If they can’t hack it, bench them.....But I KNOW they can....
My two year old son Reagan has Downs Syndrome, so these stories really move me like never before.
I am presently trying to sell my tech company. If I make enough I’m going to resign and spend the rest of my life creating, funding, and operating a non profit organization that is unequivocally Pro Life and advocates for people with DS.
I have two older kids, 9 and 7, and they are wonderful too. Then having Reagan has changed our lives so much! And for the better by far.
He was also born with a cleft lip.
92% of babies with DS are murdered before they see the light of day. That is an horrific silent holocaust!
There are a large number of babies killed for just having a cleft lip.
His surgery was done at 3 months old and we can barely see a scar.
Reagan won the life lottery I guess since my wife and I don’t believe in abortion for any reason.
You, sir, are a man after my own heart; meaning, there is no better basketball satisfaction than being credited with an assist.
My cousins girl has a DS boy...he's awesome!!
Bump for later viewing...
I have been involved in the pro-life movement since about 2001. Last fall, I was blessed to meet a woman with a daughter with Down’s. I am not exaggerating when I say how beautiful this little girl was. Her mother was shocked to know the percentage of children with Down’s who were aborted. She couldn’t understand how someone could do that to any child, let alone one as trusting and beautiful as her daughter.
I have four children—ages 15 down to 6. Last fall, our youngest (a boy) was diagnosed as being autistic. We had a hint before the diagnosis, but you still feel the sting when you get the official word. Talk about the most loved kid on Earth! His teacher says all the kids in his class treat him wonderfully—and they don’t even know what autism is. We have a great support system at school (a public school, even!). He is flourishing, although we still have a lot of challenges ahead. His older siblings love him like crazy (they have since the day he was born). Our 9 year old daughter is about his best friend in the world.
I read recently how there are couple undergoing IVF who are trying for girls to reduce the risk of autism (about 80% of diagnosed cases are boys). That scared me to death. My son is absolutely beautiful...how could someone not want him because his brain has a bit different wiring? I cannot imagine life without the little guy.
One morning last year I was rocking Reagan and I was praying and thanking God for giving me such a special boy, and God told me “Ryan, you are my special needs child so I gave you Reagan.
I nearly cried thinking about all the wonderful changes God has made in my heart through Reagan.
Really big things that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
Doctors are so bad about scaring people into aborting just about any baby with the slightest “flaw”.
There is no test to tell you what a blessing the baby will be.
I will spend my fortune (Lord willing my business sells for the right price) advocating for special needs children, particularly those with Downs Syndrome.
God bless you in my FReeper family.
Thanks for sharing. Hopefully, this happens often and simply not reported. But, I’m glad when it is reported.