Hitting two three point shots in the final game of his junior high season earned Owen Groesser the national spotlight, a trending Twitter campaign and a highlight on ESPN's Top 10. The dedication and hard work he displayed allowing him to reach that moment, has earned Owen a Junior Phenom Award from the Harlem Globetrotters. Owen Groesser is a junior high student with Down Syndrome who hadn't played in a single game for his school's team all season long before Wednesday. In the last game of the year, Owen's coach put him in the game where he went on to sink two three-point shots in his two minutes of playing time.
For inspiring people around the world and serving as a role model for all athletes, Owen is a perfect example of what we call "Globetrotter Spirit". Globetrotter Spirit includes traits and actions, like helping others, assisting in the community, demonstrating outstanding teamwork, sportsmanship and being a positive role model.
The Junior Phenom Awards are our way of saying thank you, and applauding those individuals who go above and beyond. We want to acknowledge Owen and thank him for setting such a great example. Owen will be receiving our Junior Phenom Award for demonstrating Globetrotter Spirit, as well as tickets for his family to see the Globetrotters live in Flint, Michigan, January 28th at 7 pm. We hope his story inspires the Globetrotter spirit in you.
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