Barry Brown makes good on promise, meets fan from Valley Center

Published: Mar. 2, 2019 at 8:27 PM CST
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A Valley Center High student-athlete with autism got the chance to meet his favorite K-State player Saturday.

Earlier this year, Lance Welch and his Valley Center basketball team were featured on the Catch It Kansas show.

Brown saw the story about Welch and invited his family to the game against the Baylor Bears.

"We were all surprised when Barry Brown saw the tweet and reached out to us," Dana Welch said.

The game was their first at Bramlage Coliseum this year and it was one to remember.

"It's not just winning and losing or X's and O's there's a human side with compassion towards others," David Welch said.

After a quick photo with Willie the Wildcat and a trip to the concession stand, Welch and the rest of the crowd cheered K-State to a win against Baylor.

Welch's favorite part was after the game when he finally met Brown and other members of the K-State family. One by one, he got to shake hands with the Wildcats and tell them how they played.

Brown says he reached out to Welch because he wanted to make sure he felt like part of the K-State family, even if it was just for one game.

"So for me to be able to do whatever I can to make people feel a part of the program and a part of K-State, especially what we do here on the basketball court is important for me," Brown said.

Welch's Valley Center team is 7-0 on the season, they'll play in the end of season tournament this Friday at the Farha Center at the South Branch YMCA.

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