Pictured above: Kevin Josey celebrates with classmates during his dream trip send-off Friday morning – WSIC Photo
IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WSIC) – Meet Kevin Josey: Kevin is a senior at North Iredell School. He may have autism, but that doesn’t stop him from being a friend and an inspiration.
“His spirit is amazing. He never has a bad day,” says Krissy Daniels who is the school’s receptionist.
“I think anyone who looks at him and meets him…you know that you’re going to be a better person. He’s very joyful and kind hearted.”
When classmates gathered for an assembly Friday, Kevin knew something was up. He just wasn’t sure what. Before he could find out, the school had to create some suspense. That included a friendly hoops competition between his team and the staff.
Thanks to the efforts of classmates, the community, and wish granting organization Dream on 3, Kevin is getting the ultimate basketball weekend with the Carolina Tar Heels.
“Kevin is exactly what a coach wants his team to personify. His spirit, his passion, his motivation, and dedication is exactly what you want your team to see,” says Josh Saunders who is one of Kevin’s teachers.
As one of the school’s basketball coaches, Saunders keeps Kevin involved with the team.
“When he puts his jersey on and says ‘wow, this is a dream’ that’s what you want all fifteen of your kids to say when they put their jersey on.”
Sending Kevin on his dream trip was a school and community effort. Melissa Neader and her husband Mike own the McDonald’s franchises in Iredell County and hosted a spirit night to help with fundraising.
“His energy that comes across… it’s like when we have our shirt’s on he always said ‘matching’ and we always dance. And, we played some basketball…in the store that evening…It was fantastic.”
With family by his side, Kevin left immediately after Friday’s assembly for his dream weekend. He will meet Carolina coach Roy Williams, shoot hoops with the players, and have VIP seats at Saturday’s game.