Kevin Grow, Special Needs Sharp Shooter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Special needs team manager Kevin Grow makes 4 three point baskets in under 2 minutesKevin Grow a special needs student with down syndrome makes 4 three point baskets in under 2 minutes to finish out his senior year. Great job Kevin you are loved by the entire Bensalem community. This was most amazing heart felt emotional event that many people had the opportunity to witness. Also, Thank you to…2014-02-08T22:51:40.000Z

Kevin Grow has been the team manager for Bensalem High School basketball team for four years. In the final minutes of Bensalem’s final home game of the season, a dream came true for Grow, who has Down Syndrome.

Here’s what you need to know about Grow and his incredible story.

1. He’s a Senior Who Has Down Syndrome

Grow is an 18-year-old senior at Bensalem High. He spent four years as the team manager for the school basketball team. He got some game action on Saturday when Bensalem head coach John Mullin chose to insert him into the game in the final minutes.

2. He Scored a Game-High 14 Points

Grow drilled four three-pointers and a layup to finish with a game-high 14 points as Bensalem defeated Neshaminy 64-40. According to, he got his first playing time ever the previous night, scoring three points on a foul shot and fast break layup.

Word quickly spread of Grow’s performance, and by Saturday night, the gym was packed to see him play.

Here’s another look at Grow sinking his four triples.

Kev with the four 3-pointers#GetKevinOnSportsCenter2014-02-08T22:01:17.000Z

3. The Crowd Went Nuts

As you might expect, the home crowd went nuts for Grow. Coach Mullin said of Grow, per

It’s tough to describe. It really is. It’s one of those things that doesn’t happen often. He’s a gift from God — he really is.”

4. The Team Ends Practice When He Hits a Free Throw

According to, the Owls basketball team wouldn’t end practice until Grow sank a free throw. This routine certainly paid off for Grow, who knew exactly what to do with the basketball when it was in his hands.

5. His Story Parallels Jason ‘J-Mac’ McElwain’s

Kevin Grow, Jason McElwain, Bensalem High School, Basketball, Down Syndrome, Special Needs, Sports


Grow’s story is eerily similar to that of Jason “J-Mac” McElwain, who became a national sensation in 2006 after sinking six threes and one two-point shot for Greece Athena High School in Rochester, New York.

McElwain, who has autism, was also the team manager for his high school basketball team. In fact, Grow’s scoring barrage occurred almost eight years to the day after McElwain’s.

Relive that incredible story below.

Jason McElwain Story Better QualityJason McElwain Autistic basketball assistant gets a chance to play one game and shines to the delight of the entire school. Very inspiring. Thank you for a great story Steve Hartman, CBS News.2011-11-17T23:57:12.000Z

McElwain ultimately won an ESPY for Best Sports Moment in 2006, beating out Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game among others.

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