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Michigan middle school basketball player with Down Syndrome hits two three-pointers in game (video)

Jan 26, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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Owen Groesser

Only a few days ago, Owen Groesser was just a normal 8th grader attending Van Hoosen Middle School but in the last 24 hours, he’s become a notable name on the Internet after hitting two three-pointers in a 7th/8th grade basketball game.

Groesser (who was born with Down Syndrome) had not played a game for the Van Hoosen boys’ basketball team this season but in the team’s final home game against Boulan Park, Van Hoosen’s coach put Owen into the game with two minutes to play.

After checking in, Owen got a chance at an open three point shot which he drained as the pro-Van Hoosen crowd cheered his efforts on the shot. Normally, one would be enough for most but only a few short possessions later, Owen got the ball in his hands again and he unleashed another three pointer that hit nothing but net:

Once the game was completed, there was a touching moment as Owen was being congratulated by his father for hit tremendous shooting display:

“Hey, buddy, good shooting,” his dad, Chris, told him after the game.

“I know that, Dad,” he replied.


Rochester Hills middle schooler hits two three-pointers in game [Detroit Free Press]