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Philadelphia 76ers to Sign Special-Needs Teen to Ceremonial Two-Day Contract

By Bryan Toporek — February 17, 2014 1 min read

The National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of a painful rebuilding season, but today, they made sure the season wouldn’t be entirely a wasted year.

The Sixers announced on Monday that they would sign Bensalem High School (Pa.) senior Kevin Grow to a “ceremonial two-day contract” at the team’s practice facility at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie will personally present the contract offer to the teenager.

What makes this situation so unique? Grow has Down syndrome.


The 18-year-old has been Bensalem High’s team manager for the past four seasons,

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.