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A basketball player with Down syndrome scored his first points with some help from his opponents


Parker Libolt is a sports-loving 7th grader, reports CBS2 Iowa.

He likes the Cubs, the Steelers and LeBron James. Earlier in January his basketball team faced off against Clear Creek Amana Middle School. For Parker, who has Down syndrome, the game was life-changing -- he scored his first baskets.

"I'm gonna say, it was amazing," said Parker. "The crowd was wild."

Clear Creek Amana's coach, Austin Mullikin, and guard Cameron Kim decided to make Parker's dreams come true by deliberately turning over the ball and giving Parker open shots. The experience was rewarding for them too.

There are a lot of things more important than winning.
Cameron Kim, 7th grader

By the end of the game Parker had scored 12 points.

"They [Clear Creek Amana] didn't care about winning the game at that point they just wanted to make the kid fell really good," Christian Burkhart a Center Point-Urbana seventh-grader said.

On points, Center Point-Urbana beat Clear Creek Amana. But everyone went home a winner.

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