Kalin Benett, First NCAA Basketball Player With Autism Commits To College

Defying the odds he and his mother were once told, 6'10" Kalin Bennett will become the newest member of the Kent State Golden Flashes men's basketball team next year. 

At just six months old, Bennett was diagnosed with autism, and there were a lot of questions regarding his future. Doctors speculated if he would even be able to walk or talk. Now, the Little Rock Native will be heading to Ohio to become what is believed to be the first D1 athlete diagnosed with Autism. 

He says, "I want to make an impact not just on the court, but with kids that are struggling with the same things I am. I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism." 

He continues, "I want to let them know, hey, If I can do this, you can do it, too. A lot of times they feel alone and by themselves, and I felt that same way growing up." 



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