'This is his dream.' Special needs student gets his shot on the court for Baldwin's varsity basketball team

Joe Gonzalez managed the boys' varsity basketball teams for two years, but it has always been a dream for him to play on the court.

News 12 Staff

Feb 16, 2023, 1:27 PM

Updated 425 days ago

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The Baldwin High School varsity basketball team gave a special needs senior the change to play in a game on Friday night.
A loud, packed gym cheered as Joe Gonzalez took to the court in the fourth quarter.
"As soon as I got into the game, I said, 'Listen, this was my moment,'" Gonzalez says.
The 17-year-old made three baskets - scoring a total of six points.
Gonzalez managed the boys' varsity basketball teams for two years, but it has always been a dream for him to play on the court.
During Thursday's practice, head coach Darius Burton surprised Gonzalez with a jersey, telling him he was going to play in the game.
"This is his dream, he texted me last night, 'Coach, you made my dream come true - I want to score a bucket for you - I want to do it for the guys," Burton says. "He thanked me - he's just a great kid."
The Baldwin Bruins also won the game 78 to 43 thanks in part to Gonzalez.
Despite his stellar debut, Gonzalez says he's more excited to go for his dreams of becoming a coach.


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