Cole Campbell is a freshman manager for the Coventry Oakers varsity basketball team but Friday night, just this once he donned the red and white uniform and was ready to play.
It was a moment that Cole's father Tom Campbell had waited years for "his brother's a senior, a captain of the team and I wanted to for once in their life, have them on the floor together."
Tom, is the head coach of the team and what he witnessed on this court was nothing short of incredible; he described the moment to NBC 10 "we put him at the top of the key - his favorite spot as he says, my other son came over and gave him the ball and he dropped it. And he kept going."
Cole promptly hit four 3 pointers in his debut; the first one after a handoff from his brother.
It's been a long ride for Cole to make it to this point he suffers from tubular sclerosis, a rare brain disease that causes serious seizures. He underwent three brain surgeries before the age of 8, and requires some special needs at school.
Cole is an inspiration for many including his older brother Tom, who told NBC 10 "I've learned so much from Cole just watching how he goes about his everyday life and how he fights through everything."
Cole's 12 points led his team to victory over a gracious Cranston West squad but it was sharing the experience with family that meant the most. He described the experience "it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Seeing him and the court is very. It's very special. It's a great moment."
The Coventry team thanks Cranston West for allowing him to play and being there when his hoop dream came true. According to Cole's brother Tom the support the Cranston West team showed made the evening even more special, "that was probably the coolest part. Looking over and I saw the Cranston West bench. All those guys going crazy and that meant a lot to me."
It also meant a lot to Cole, "the Cranston West bench the Cranston West coach. The fans, the Coventry coach. It was very special. It was a good thing. It was a very special moment in my life."
Cole says he's going to continue to play basketball and hopes to join the team's unified team in the future.
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