COVINGTON, Ky. — WLWT-TV
When Ethan Workman tried out for the Holmes basketball team in seventh grade, he had a pretty good idea he wasn't going to make it.
"Honestly, at that moment it was like, I do not have the skills to do this," Ethan said.
But he made quite the impression on coach Andrew Brown, who offered him a spot as a manager, and Ethan has been inspiring the team ever since.
"If I could get my team to play and work as hard as Ethan … they need to see that no matter what obstacles come, you know if we're down by 20, don't give up, keep playing," said Brown.
Life hasn't been easy for Ethan.
He and his siblings -- quadruplets -- were born at only 28 weeks. Ethan lives with autism and cerebral palsy.
"I only think of the combination I have as just another part of me, and for me, it's only a reason to work harder," said Ethan, who has thrived with a colorful personality and a great work ethic.
The team members decided they wanted him to play in their final home game against Woodland Middle School.
"For an entire court to come together just for one person, it was honestly just all inspiring for me because I didn't think one boy could make a difference to so many people," said Ethan.
He might be going to high school next year but Ethan said he's going to keep in touch with his coach and teammates and get together a few times a month to shoot some hoops.
"For kids like me out there, my message to you is, 'Don't let anything people say about you or your disability stop you,' because frankly, in my eyes, everybody with a disability has a chance to make it big -- and in reality, we all do," said Ethan.