Even in sports, there aren’t a whole lot of feel-good stories. This is one of one them.
Owen Groesser, an eighth grader with Down Syndrome, made Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays segment Wednesday night after draining two three-point shots for his Van Hoosen Junior High School team in Rochester, Michigan during the final game of the season.
The heroic performance, which you can see a clip of above, became an instant viral sensation after family members, teammates, classmates and friends started the Twitter hashtag #GetOwenOnSportsCenter in an attempt to get Groesser into a Sportscenter highlight. And wouldn’t you know it, it worked.
Groesser had not played the entire season, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ in Detroit via ESPN.com, but in Rudy-like fashion, he entered the game in the closing minutes and his coach drew up a special play to get him the ball. His six points in only two minutes of playing time sent the crowd into a frenzy and soon his story was tending worldwide.
Family members knew he had it in him, but everybody was still impressed and proud of the young man.
“He’s got a good shot,” Groesser’s dad, Chris, told the Detroit Free Press. “I wasn’t shocked but I was definitely thrilled. It was a big day for him.”
Congratulations to Owen and the Groesser family for a night they won’t soon forget.