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Basketball manager with Down syndrome shown on "SportsCenter"

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GOSHEN, Ky. (WDRB)--- UPDATE: Tee Salinas was shown on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Saturday morning.


GOSHEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Something very special happened at North Oldham High School's final home basketball game Friday night. Senior Tee Salinas has been a basketball manager since 6th grade.

The team's manager, who has Down syndrome, suited up and scored the first basket. His coach came up with the idea and coordinated with the opposing team. They agreed to let Tee score the first basket at Friday night's game.

The moment the basket went in, the crowd erupted. "He's as much a part of the team as any of us," Coach Stobaugh said. 

Hundreds of people showed up to watch Tee score on basket. Those who couldn't showed their support online as Tee's shot trended on Twitter.

"He lives and breathes North basketball. When we win, he's the happiest kid in the locker room and when we lose, he's the most upset kid in the locker room so that shows you how much he cares about North," said his coach Chris Stobaugh.

"I like to hit 3 pointers," Tee Salinas told WDRB.

Tee plays on a Special Olympics basketball team, so he's not a stranger to the court. He isn't used to the spotlight, but Tee says he doesn't mind. 

"I am proud," Tee said. 

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