Globetrotters give special needs kid a thrill

Published 02/08 2014 12:41AM

Updated 02/08 2014 12:45AM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Harlem Globetrotters are in town and will put a show for thousands of fans Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena.

But one of the players already put a big smile on one kid Friday.

"Kids are at the heart of everything we do", said Anthony "Buckets" Blakes, a Harlem Globetrotter. "Every shot we make, every routine, every aspect of community stuff that we do is all geared toward kids and families."

Anthony is all about kids, and today, he got to spend some time with Austin Bennett, a young man who has Muscular Dystrophy.

"Today is special," Blakes said, "because its one-on-one time with Austin, a great kid, amazing energy, great smile, and he can spin a basketball on his finger!"
Austin didn't know much about the Globetrotters until recently.

"I started researching them a couple of weeks ago, so that's when I've known them the most."

Buckets was all smiles as he posed for pictures, and presented Austin's family with tickets to Monday's game. And it was hard to tell who was enjoying it more.

Austin said, "It was awesome meeting Buckets Blakes, and its something I can cross off my bucket list."

Buckets added, "That's why I love my job so much, getting opportunities to meet people like Austin and we both get to exchange positive energy, and I got a chance to hug his family, and I like getting hugs! It's a great feeling you get being an ambassador of goodwill, and I wouldn't want to play for any other team."

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