On Monday November 27, 2018 SBNATION reported that Kalin Bennett was signed by Kent State to compete as a player on the school’s Division 1 basketball team. Bennett stands at a tall 6’10 and is looking to use his place on Kent State’s basketball team as a platform to inspire others.
In an interview with Cleveland.com, Bennett told reporters that “I want to make an impact not just on the court, but with kids that are struggling with the same things I am,’ and that he wants 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.’’
While growing up, Bennett’s earliest diagnosis of autism claimed that he would remain non-verbal throughout his life, and may never walk. Despite not taking his first steps until he was four years old, Bennett was able to overcome all of his struggles with the help of therapeutic intervention.
Bennett was recruited by a number of schools, but chose Kent State because of the initiative it has taken in supporting the autism community on campus. Bennett told Cleveland.com that his visit to Kent State really impressed him, and that seeing the levels of support they had on campus for students with autism “opened some doors I hadn’t really thought about in awhile.”
Bennett has a dream of eventually opening his own charity with the goal of providing a safe space for children with autism to “just come by, have fun, don’t feel no fear being around other people; be able to express themselves, be able to be who they are without worrying about what people think about them, or how they process stuff.”
In additional to Basketball, Bennett also has a talent for both music and mathematics, and hopes to prove to the world that individuals on the autistic spectrum should never be underestimated!
We at the American Autism Association will be looking forward to seeing how Kalin Bennett’s career unfolds at Kent State and wish him the best of luck!