March Madness has closed the curtain on its stop in Memphis, with the Florida Gators beating the Dayton Flyers 62-52 in an Elite Eight battle.
Despite the loss, one Flyers fan is still going out on top. Fourteen-year old Trevin Gray has a rare connective tissue disorder that limits his movement and requires him to use a wheelchair, but he doesn't let that get him down. Basketball is his favorite sport and thanks to the non-profit organization Team IMPACT, he was an honorary draft to the team last fall.
"We've been Dayton fans for a long time, when my dad was little he even had season tickets!" Gray said.
Gray was diagnosed with a rare connective tissue disorder when he was eight and has been sidelined by doctors from doing his favorite sports.
"He used to play soccer, and they told him no physical activity so we went to swimming, and then they told him that was putting too much stress on his heart," Trevin's mom, Darla Gray, said, "So it was very difficult to find things Trevin felt like he was a part of a group in."
Thanks to Team IMPACT, Trevin now has his very own spot on his favorite basketball team.
"It's been very exciting with everything, going to the tournament, and going to Pittsburgh to see the away game, it's been awesome," Gray said.
"He got to go to the first red and blue scrimmage game, he got his own uniform, and they have just treated him as part of the team," Darla Gray said, "From that point on, he's gotten his schedule every week and he's told, whatever you can come to we'd love to see you, and they've just completely accepted him."
Following the team during its miracle season, from every home game onto the Sweet Sixteen, and then the Elite Eight, and rooting them all the way through until the very end.
"I saw a smile that I haven't seen in years, he's just completely forgotten about what ails him and how he's not like other kids his age, and he just feels really connected," Darla Gray said.
Though the team's championship run is over for now, Trevin has high hopes for his team next season and every season thereafter.
"They have the potential to beat anybody they want if they put their mind to it and the coach rallies them around," Gray said.
Despite the Flyers losing to the Gators Saturday night, Trevin and his family are still headed to Arlington, Texas to catch the Final Four in action. Of course Trevin says the Dayton Flyers are still his number one team no matter what.
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