Word is out that Kalin Bennett is the first athlete diagnosed with autism to have received a Division I athletic scholarship.
Yanders Law alumni Kalin Bennett is a great basketball player with a big heart. His story is also making him an inspiration for individuals around the country that are held down by limitations they are told they have. Every player has their own battle, and some are tougher than others. Bennett was dealt a tough hand, but is overcoming that with determination, help from loved ones, and passion for the game.
You all have seen the stories of @ktech50 this week. SI, SBNation, Yahoo, etc. Coached him all summer. Kid has a HUGE heart. From Dallas, to Milwaukee, to Vegas, he played hard. Always. Even when things got tough. Kent State has a good player, and a great kid, on hand. https://t.co/JEUlWsCByM— Coach Craig (@CoachCraigYL) November 27, 2018
Kalin has signed with Kent State on a scholarship to play hoops. The 6’10” 290lb Bennett is a Link Year Prep product. Link Year has been a great ally of Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement. Bennett projects to be a great rebounder and rim punisher at Kent State.
It is truly inspiring to understand what Bennett has overcome to get to where he is today. He is physically gifted, but it takes more than that to compete at a Division I level. in an interview posted on Twitter by Athlete Swag Kalin described how he never spoke until the age of seven. He credits his Mother, who constantly worked with him and did her best to help him socialize.
Parents - As if you needed another reason to never stop loving and encouraging your children, this is a good one. Helping others to reach their potential is so fulfilling and really does make the world a better place.
His story is being blasted all over by ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Bleacher Report, etc. With exposure like this, comes responsibility. It is clear that Kalin is embracing this responsibility by striving to be an excellent example.
With the physical tools, attitude, and passion that Kalin Bennett possess, he will be a fantastic ambassador for others diagnosed with autism or that are in similar situations.
Life gave Kalin a big hurdle and he has cleared it. We are thrilled to have been associated with his journey and wish him the very best as his career continues at Kent State.