An autistic kid led his basketball team to victory

An autistic kid led his basketball team to victory
Juan Carlos was crucial to his team’s victory (Photo: Emilio Rabetti).

An autistic boy, who never played as a striker, has led his basketball team to victory after scoring the points needed to win a mini-tournament with that discipline in Santiago del Estero, according to his coach and mother.

This is Juan Carlos Fabrini, 13, who lives with his family in the city of Fernandez, about 45 kilometers from the capital of Santiago, and was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of seven.

According to Tellam and his mother, Anna Cecilia Fabrini, Before Basketball Juan Carros “had no dialogue with anyone, he didn’t share, he was in his world”.

however “Basketball was salvation, it helped him out of his bubble, and now he’s close, and he’s sharing with his teammates”Cecilia commented.

Juan Carlos plays in a club in the city of Fernandez, in the sports school “Miguel Alberto Cortijo”. He started there at the age of eight, and although he left for some time, he returned at the age of 11, when he found his passion for sports.

“He is a good defender, in the offensive part he lost focus a little, but I always asked his teammates to pass the ball to him, cover and support him and in the semi-finals of the mini-tournament he entered and scored a goal”Tellam told his teacher, Miguel Alberto Corbalan.

At that moment we all jumped for joy.The coach said.

Photo by Emilio Rabetti
(Photo: Emilio Rabetti).

Juan Carlos’ team took third place in the NBA Regional Championship, where 24 teams play. But last Sunday, they got their revenge by winning champions in a mini-tournament in which they played a Bronze Cup among all the third-place teams.

“All of this is a very great emotion, an achievement not only for him, but for his mentor and us family; we are all so glad we didn’t expect such a resounding change.”Ana Cecilia Fabrini, mother of Juan Carlos

Cecilia, who said she is a “humble family”, added, “Now he is very committed to basketball, a sport he loves, because before we tried other games like rugby and football but he didn’t like it.” Leaving the champs, his son got a ball and a pair of basketball shorts. He said, “He is very happy.”

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For his part, “Professor Corbalan” explained: “The final was very exciting, because we were like that. Juan Carlos entered, and I tell him: ‘Everything is in your hands’, he repels and prevents the other team from scoring, because he was always playing in defense.”

Photo by Emilio Rabetti
(Photo: Emilio Rabetti).

“This is how everything was hacked, but the striker makes a basket and Juan Carlos tells me: ‘A professor ran away from me and I told him ‘it doesn’t matter now we have to go back,’” the coach continued.

“He told me ‘OK, Professor, I’ll tag him at home if necessary’, and he did, and he didn’t stop tagging.”Corbalán has been added.

He explained, “At one point he was close to the goal and they gave him a pass and made a double, and so we added points and won, and everything was joy and congratulations to Juan Carlos.”

At the same time, he expressed that the whole city is very excited about Juan Carlos’ achievement and did not hesitate to stress that “sports are essential for motivation and essential for socializing. From our club we encourage inclusion, which we consider very important”.

“We are all very grateful to his colleagues, his teacher because Juan Carlos has been living a very stable life. The epidemic affected him a lot and basketball helped him a lotIt is so motivating for him, that he traveled to Santiago alone with his comrades, which is a wonderful move,” his mother said.

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