Sixers sign teen with Down syndrome

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  • Kevin Grow made four three-point shots in two minutes
  • The Sixers will sign the teen, who has Down syndrome, for a two-day ceremonial contract starting Monday night
Kevin Grow, a teen with Down syndrome, is getting signed by the Sixers

School benches cheerleader with Down syndrome

School benches cheerleader with Down syndrome

There are 2 minutes left on the clock. The Bensalem High School Owls in Pennsylvania are already ahead, so they let Kevin Grow throw on a jersey and shoot some hoops.

The 18-year-old is no stranger to the basketball team -- he's the manager after all -- but he's not usually on the court. So you can imagine how the crowd went absolutely wild when he sank an amazing three-point shot!

And then, he did it again. And two more times after that, netting a total of four three-pointers as he his team sailed to victory.

"I hit a buzzer beater and it was party time in the locker room," Grow told HLN affiliave WPVI.

It's a pretty amazing story regardless, but especially in light of the fact that Grow was born with Down syndrome. And now, his infectious smile will be lighting up the Philadelphia Sixers' locker room after they sign him for a "ceremonial two-day contract."

Read more: Down syndrome: Turning disability into positivity

"Grow has become an inspiration to the Sixers organization, as his story has swept the nation," the team said in a press release.

The contract starts at 5:30 p.m. ET Monday, when Grow will eat dinner in the players' lounge, tour the practice facility and get some Sixers gear.

After that, 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."

Tuesday will also be packed with activities like watching the pre-game warm-up and participating in the high-five tunnel as the Sixers take the court against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Grow's mom told WPVI that watching her son sink all those shots last week was an overwhelming experience.

"I think it was exciting enough just to see him walk out on that court and have his moment," Dorothy Grow said. "But the fact that he was hitting those shots, it's still unbelievable."

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