Deaf Tyler Lee basketball player will play at the college level

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Over the course of his Robert E. Lee basketball career, Korbin Casey showed everyone, that obstacles, don't have to be limits, and on Wednesday morning, he raised those limits, once again.

"I wanted to keep going, after graduation, to play basketball, and you know, I wanted to know that deaf people could do it," Casey said through an interpreter.   

Casey signed with Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, the only community college for deaf students, in the country.

"I must say, Korbin and his family reached out to us first, so we were kind of like whoa, who is this kid," said Roderica Johnson, the SWICO athletic director.  "We went and looked him up, seen they had a story out about him.  It'll be a win-win for both of us, a win-win situation for him , and a win-win situation for SWICD."

Casey graduated from Tyler Lee in 2017, but he never stopped putting in the work on the court, and it was a commitment that paid off, during his trip to West Texas.

"Basketball has always been the motivating factor in his life, it's just something that he loves," said Korbin's dad, Kyle Casey.  "It was a great experience to go out there and see that campus, and have him meet the coaches, impress them, just really excited."

"He made me a better person, made me a better coach, and hopefully we had an impact on his life too," said Tyler Lee head basketball coach Alan Simmons.  "i'm looking forward to seeing what he gets to do at the next level, and so proud for him and his family."

So as we finish up another chapter in Korbin Casey's journey, we can now look ahead to the next page, when he finally suits up for the Rattlers, in Big Spring, Texas.

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