Harlem Globetrotter to Present Award to Owen Groesser of Rochester Hills

Owen Groesser, student at Van Hoosen Middle School with Down syndrome, was highlighted by ESPN after scoring two three-pointers in the season's final home basketball game.

Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes will present the Globetrotter Junior Phenom Award to Rochester Hills student and basketball sensation Owen Groesser 10 a.m. Friday at Van Hoosen Middle School.

Groesser, in the last home game of the Van Hoosen Middle School basketball season, sank two three-point shots in his two minutes of playing time. 

Groesser, an eighth grade student with Down syndrome, had not played in a single game for his school's basketball team all season. He earned national spotlight with a trending Twitter campaign (#GetOwenOnSportsCenter) and a highlight on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays for scoring those two three-point shots.

For this, he receives the Harlem Globetrotter Junior Phenom Award. The award celebrates individuals who have demonstrated "Globetrotter Spirit," which includes traits like helping others, demonstrating outstanding teamwork, sportsmanship and being a positive role model.  

Owen will receive the award and tickets for his family to see the Globetrotters Monday at the Perani Arena.

This information was provided by the Harlem Globetrotters.

Barb Anness January 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM
This award is about "traits like helping others, demonstrating outstanding teamwork, sportsmanship and being a positive role model." Way to GO, Owen! Congrats and enjoy watching the Globetrotters!
Michele Manhire January 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Such a great story of a young man showing the world all he can be!! Such a great story of people rallying behind him to share with the world exactly that! Makes me smile all over. Congratulations Owen!!
Mary Tangora January 25, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Wow, what a great shot. Plus being on Sports Center, what an outstanding accomplishment! Owen, you make the whole district of Rochester proud!
Jill Lingergelt January 25, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Loved this story! Congratulations, Owen! GREAT JOB!!!
tammy watson January 25, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Awesome job Owen! what an outstanding role model he is!!!
Marlene Buhlman January 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Owen, You are a great kid! Kudos to his parents for raising such an amazing child!!
Patrick McKay January 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
A special thank you and recognition to his team mates, coaches, and to his opponents who knew how to create a magical moment for a special student. You have taught all of us a great lesson about sportsmanship. Patrick McKay


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