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As a child he was told he may never walk or talk a day in his life.

Now today as a young adult I can’t say enough great things about Kalin Bennett who just signed a contract with Kent State to be one of the first individuals with autism to ever receive a full scholarship to play Division I basketball!

Through my journey of growing up on the autism spectrum, I fell in love with basketball. Growing up I could tell you all 30 NBA teams and every single player on one of those teams. I used this key interest to play basketball throughout high school and to be my school’s varsity basketball captain during my senior year. I shared a little about my journey with Sports Illustrated and the impact sports can have on people with autism.

To see Kalin now, who didn’t walk till he was 4 and didn’t talk till he was 7, to see his journey continue to Division I Sports is nothing but remarkable. I wish nothing but the best for him as he continues his education as a student athlete. Great things are ahead of you sir!

Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. 

Have Kerry, one of the only professionally accredited speakers on the spectrum in the country, speak at your next event by sending him an inquiry here. If you have a referral for someone who many want him to speak please reach out as well! Kerry speaks with schools, businesses, government agencies, colleges, nonprofit organizations, parent groups and other special events on topics ranging from employment, how to succeed in college with a learning disability, internal communication, living with autism, bullying prevention, social media best practices, innovation, presentation best practices and much more!