Mt. Gilead freshman with cerebral palsy scores first points in basketball game

Coming together to help a player win
Logan Dillon scores in basketball game

From day one we're taught to "play to win." It's taught at Mt. Gilead High School.

There's nothing wrong with it, "play to win." It's second nature to want to win, but winning is not what this story is about.

This story is about Logan Dillon, his struggles and, ultimately, his triumphs.

"Last Saturday I made four points," he said.

His mother, Kathy, says when Logan was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and that wasn't all.

"[Doctors said] that he would probably never read, let alone be able to walk," she said.

It's what makes this story about so much more than winning.

At 16 years old, Logan can run, dribble and shoot. His teammates say he is the heart of the team.

"Logan's a fun dude," said Sophomore Turner Fitzpatrick. "He always brings the energy usually when it's lower and coach is kind of angry and he's always like, 'Come on, guys, we got to do this' and he always has a smile on his face. You never see him upset about anything."

Last Saturday, Crestline came to town. As the time ticked off the scoreboard and with a Mt. Gilead lead, Logan checked in.

"The other team just knew right away," Kathy Dillon said.

A player from Crestline let Logan steal it away. Then, they let him shoot. Even when he missed, players from the other team kept giving it back to him until finally, he made it.

"That's props to them," Fitzpatrick said. "That's great sportsmanship. You can't really ask for nothing better than that. I mean, their coach should be real proud of them."

"They were loving me," Logan said of the other team.

His mom thinks so, too.

"Just overwhelmed with joy," she said. "Just excitement, just to see him out there and the way everybody is treating him and just loving on him and shouting and cheering for him."

"Play to win" sounds good on paper. But, for some, they just want to play.