Game-changing moment: teen overcomes life challenges

During Red Mountain High School's Senior Night in Mesa on Tuesday, a student who was once told he would never be able to walk, helped his team win the game. 

Kyle Johnson, a 17-year-old student manager for the basketball team, is always on the sidelines supporting his team.

"I'm almost a cheerleader and a very good supporter, no matter what, people need help, and I'll be there no matter what," said team manager Kyle Johnson.

He might be the team manager, but for these players he's more like the team spirit.

"After a tough loss or a bad practice, Kyle is always the voice of things that went well, the positive things," said Coach Todd Fazio.

Kyle is positive despite all the obstacles. Kyle was born with bilateral club feet, then as a young child doctors diagnosed him with autism.

"We were told he probably would not be able to walk or run," said Tere Johnson, Kyle's mom.

But Kyle defied the odds, and when senior night rolled around he thought he'd now take a turn on the court.

"He asked me 'what do you think about me dressing up for the game?' I think that's a great idea," said Fazio.

Kyle's father shot video of his son playing on Senior Night. The video shows the ball being passed, but Kyle misses. Kyle tries again, and the second time he makes the shot as the crowd cheers.

"Kyle told me he's been waiting for this his whole life, all he wanted was one little sliver of what the other young men have," said Jared Johnson, Kyle's father.

Kyle was not watching from the sidelines, but in the middle of it all. The team he loves, just loving him right back. It was the moment when the basketball manager, became the basketball star.

"I was dreaming of becoming a basketball player, and now my dream has just come true," said Kyle. "I'm so proud that I am here, I'm here for the first time I've ever been here in my entire life," he said.

Kyle was not only the King of the court on Senior Night. Students at Red Mountain High School also voted him Homecoming King this school year.
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