Dickenson County basketball league launched for special needs kids

Jarrod and Kayla Taylor started a basketball league for kids with various special needs.

"When they put that uniform on, to me, they look like superstars" says Coach Jarrod Taylor.

Wins, losses, stats, they're all thrown out the window.

"They forget about their disabilities. They're awesome kids and they grow on you" says Taylor.

Autism, ADHD, one was even born paralyzed on her left side.

Mom Ashley Knoskie says her son Zander is more social since joining the league.

"He's one of the oldest kids in his class" says Knoskie. "Seeing these other kids interact with him has really influenced him."

For many of these kids, this is the first time they've been able to be apart of a team.

"This is my first sport" said one. "It's good."

Another said her favorite part was shooting.

Another said he likes to steal the ball but that he fouls a lot. "I'm working on it!" he said.

Mom Misty Sisson says she never thought being on a team would be possible for her daughter Ceara.

"Because with her disabilities, there's not a lot of teams that will let her play" says Sisson.

Taylor says they started the program to help the kids. But he says it's really helped him and his wife more.

"God created us equal" says Taylor. "These kids are no different than any other kid except for how the world treats them."

In this league, everybody ends the game a winner.

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