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Sacramento Kings Make Autistic High Schooler NBA Ball Girl

February 1st is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. No better way to celebrate than remembering one of our favorite stories involving the sport. One very lucky teen knows what it is like to play with an NBA team.


Jocyleen suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through the support of her guardians and the watchful eye of the high school basketball coach, Jocyleen began to overcome her disorder and joined the basketball team. Jocyleen proved herself an asset on the court throughout her premier season, scoring 16 points in one game.

Gradually her tenacity and determination paid off, gaining the attention of the Sacramento Kings, where they invited her to shoot hoops on the home court for an afternoon as the Sacramento Kings ball girl. Jocyleen not only drained a few jump shots, but proved that perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

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