Kalin Bennett, a commit to the Kent State basketball program, is set to make college basketball history. Bennett, a Link Year Prep star who stands at 6-foot-10, 300 pounds, will become the first autistic athlete to play a Division I NCAA sport.
“I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism,” Bennett said, via Cleveland.com. “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.’’
Those at Kent State are also excited for his future.
“He is really a phenomenal human being,’’ said Gina Campana, Kent State’s assistant director of the Autism Initiative for Research, Education and Outreach. “A light emanates from this young man. We’re going to be lucky to get him at Kent State.’’
Kent State, which is currently sitting at No. 1 in the MAC East, returns to action on Wednesday, November 28 against Detroit Mercy at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The Golden Flashes are 5-1 on the year, with a current win streak of three and a 3-1 record at home. Kent State’s consecutive wins have come against Vanderbilt, Savannah State, and Alcorn State.