By James Dator
Kent State is becoming the first school in NCAA history to sign a player with autism to compete in a Division I sport. Kalin Bennett isn’t just aiming to play basketball when he arrives on campus next summer, he wants to inspire kids with autism everywhere to follow their dreams — no matter what.
Bennett is moving from Little Rock, Arkansas, with his mom and the 6’10 center told Cleveland.com what he wants to do on, and off the court.
“I want to make an impact not just on the court, but with kids that are struggling with the same things I am,’’ Bennett said. “I want to use this platform to inspire other kids with autism and non-autism. 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.’’