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Basketball Team Rallies For Local Boy With Special Needs

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QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - A local high school basketball team is rallying to help one of their biggest fans.

He's a 12-year-old boy with special needs.

Gabe Da Costa loves basketball, and it's helped him forge a special bond with the players on the high school team his dad coaches.

Now, Gabe's family needs help, and the team is charging to their rescue.

The first thing you might notice when you meet 12-year-old Gabe Da Costa is his wheelchair.

However, spend a few minutes with him, and all you'll all come to see is that mega-watt smile, which dazzles when his dad Tony’s high school basketball players from Faith Christian Academy walk into the room.

“He comes to ever Saturday practice he's always around we always try to involve him,” said player Danny Ziccardi.

“Because I coach basketball. He obviously loves the sport he likes to watch,” said Tony Da Costa.

The players are like big brothers.

So when the team found out Gabe's family needs help affording a special exercise bike for their son to help manage his cerebral palsy, they immediately set out to raise the $6,000 needed to buy it.

“He's such a good kid. Just trying to get him ever thing he needs and if we can help in any way well do it,” said Danny.

Danny’s mom, Linda, says the Da Costa's give so much to the community, and now they need support

“They spent a lot of time with the boys tony always there helping them guys so it was our turn turn around and help them out,” said Linda.

"To have people step up and want to do that for us it shows how it always comes back when you pay it forward.,” said Gabe’s mom, Savine.

As Gabe conquers some jitters to get ready for a stint in his school play, his friends are putting on the full court press on social media to net him the equipment he needs to improve his quality of life.

"He comes and supports us all the time and cheers for us so we want to support him," said Danny.


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