GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - A 19-year-old diagnosed with down syndrome has stolen the hearts of a community and on Friday he got his chance to score two points for the home team.
Tee Salinas, a North Oldham High School senior, has been a trainer for the Mustang basketball team for seven years, but he looks at the team as more than just players.
"They're my teammates and my family," he said. Salinas takes his job with the team very seriously and knows he plays an important role in the team's success.
Friday Salinas became a member of the team for a night, which included putting on the uniform, starting, and thanks to an assist from their opponent DeSales, scoring the Mustangs' first two points.
"It was fun," Salinas said of his experience.
"It's just the right thing to do. This kid loves North Oldham. He loves basketball, and we're just honored to be part of this special night tonight," said DeSales head coach, John Mingus.
For Salinas' mom and dad it was a night they will never forget.
"Words can't describe it. We're just overwhelmed. It's just awesome," said his mother, Brenda. "He's loving it I'm telling you, he's eating up the moment," said his father, Tony.
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