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Kane Brown Surpises Blind Highschool Basketball Star

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  • Arden is a Senior Country Music Journalist for Country Thang Daily, specializing in classic hits and contemporary chart-toppers.
  • Prior to joining Country Thang Daily, Arden wrote for Billboard and People magazine, covering country music legends and emerging artists.
  • Arden holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, with a minor in Music Studies.

Kane Brown gave a very special fan the surprise of his life during an episode of Pickler & Ben on Thursday, the 11th of April.

The Special Basketball Star

Clay Warner is a high school senior from Polk City, Iowa. He was a premature baby, born at 23 weeks. He has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, even when he wears his glasses.

Kane Brown
via WHO-TV

Basketball has been one of Warner’s passions and he is a member of his high school basketball team. Though, he usually supports his teammates from the sidelines and does not get to play.

The Amazing Shot

That all changed in February when Warner’s coach put him on the court with just one minute left on the clock. His coach finally called him onto the court during the final minute of the game. With the audience already giving him a standing ovation, Warner got into position, as the crowd cheered him on.

“I wanted to get him in. It was Senior Night. If there’s an opportunity that presented itself, I wanted to take advantage of it. All the players were for it, too.”

Introduced as “the heart and soul of North Polk,” Warner made good on those words as he took a shot from the right of the basket, sinking his first-ever shot during a game seemingly effortlessly as the fans on both sides went crazy.

“This whole gym was yelling my name. Everything, both benches were jumping. The whole crowd was going crazy. It was like I was a little kid again.”

The thrilling moment was captured on video and went viral. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxm202prcP4

Kane Brown’s Surprise

That was what landed Warner and his mom an interview on Pickler & Ben on Thursday, where his teammates, friends, and his coach paid tribute to him in a series of video messages.

After which, Ben Aaron asked Warner if he was a country music fan, to which he replied with:

“Yes… Kane Brown all the way.”

Kane Brown
via Kane Brown’s Official Facebook Page

With that, they dropped the final surprise of the day in the form of a personal video message from Brown.

“What’s up, Clay, it’s Kane Brown. I heard you’re a big country music fan, and I saw that shot that you made. You shoot better than me, man.”

Brown is giving Warner the VIP treatment at one of his upcoming shows in Iowa.

“I’d love to see you backstage and get to hang out with you, and give you tickets to my show. So I’m looking forward to seeing you, man.”

Watch the heartwarming surprise here!

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