Special Olympian Brendan 'Beebo' West recognized by Harlem Globetrotters
HOUSTON – One Special Olympian got an extra-special visit from his favorite basketball stars.
Brendan "Beebo" West, 21, was born with a genetic condition called Roberts Syndrome, a rare condition that affects a person's limbs.
West was born without arms. However, he has not let that stop him from achieving.
"I'm quote 'able bodied,' and I've never reached the pinnacles he's reached," said his proud father, Ray West.
Joining the Special Olympics in Texas, Beebo never took no for an answer.
His former Special Olympics coach, Jeff Greene, has seen Beebo's growth for more than 10 years.
"He has so many obstacles he has to overcome just to do what we take for granted, and you see the dedication, the hard work he puts in, and it's an inspiration," Greene said.
While basketball is his main game, he also plays Bocce ball and other sports.
"We just started tennis last year, and he's holding rackets and hitting balls over the net – nothing stands in his way," his current coach, Amy Amend, said.
His parents could not be more proud of their son. They have always encouraged him to adapt and achieve. His dedication won him the 2016 Special Olympics Texas Male Athlete of the Year and a prestigious honorary ESPY award, one which less than 30 athletes get nationwide.
"Practice a lot," Beebo said.
"If there is an obstacle or problem, we've taught him to go around it or over it or under it," West said.
On Wednesday, his hard work also caught the attention of the Harlem Globetrotters – Beebo's favorite team.
Players Zeus McClurkin and Scooter Christensen paid a special visit to Beebo at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center.
Special Olympian "Beebo" Brendan West was honored by @Globies Harlem Globetrotters for his achievements in basketball, especially for his unique skill -- making a basket using his feet! @KPRC2 Story at 5 pic.twitter.com/w1jQheDIy1— KPRC2 Rose-Ann Aragon (@KPRC2RoseAnn) January 24, 2018
"Beebo's been a Harlem Globetrotters fan ever since he was little. He's been up 10 feet in the air – he's so excited," his mother, Ann West, said.
After receiving game tickets for Christmas, Beebo was excited to meet them in person. The feeling was mutual.
"We heard he could shoot with his feet, and we wanted to see for ourselves," Christensen said.
Beebo showed them his moves, making baskets with his feet, even helping McClurkin with a pass for an assist.
"After one to two attempts, he gave me the perfect pass," McClurkin said.
The duo gave Beebo a jersey and signed it. For Beebo, it was a dream come true.
"It makes me happy," Beebo said, smiling.
This Special Olympian couldn't help but win the hearts of everyone.
"This is something we're going to remember for a long time," Christensen said.
Beebo will be seeing the Harlem Globetrotters in action during their game in Houston Saturday.
Harlem Globetrotters' Zeus McClurkin and Scooter Christensen surprise Special Olympian "Beebo" Brendan WestPosted by KPRC2 Rose-Ann Aragon on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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