Home court celebration

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Seth Miller celebrates his success at the foul line during the game at Old Fort High School Monday. To view more photos from this event, visit cu.advertiser-tribune.com.

OLD FORT — When Seth Miller gets his basketball schedules for Seneca County Opportunity Center games, his family has to make more copies.

“He wants everybody to come watch him play,” said his mother, Laura Miller.

Seth Miller, an Old Fort High School sophomore with autism, got the opportunity to play on his home court Monday evening when the Arrows played Sandusky County’s School of Hope basketball team.

The two teams playing is a normal event.

“The venue is different,” Laura Miller said.

Steve Anway, superintendent of Old Fort Local School District, thought about the idea last year. Officials started early enough this year and got the date set, he said.

“(Seth Miller is) just a good kid. … Do it for Seth,” he said.

Laura Miller said the family is humbled. She said she thought it was a great idea.

“He loves his team, and he does love sports so much,” she said.

Seth Miller, who scored four points Monday, had quite a supportive squad.

Yellow T-shirts bearing his name that were sold for the game were worn, signs supporting the Arrows hung on the gymnasium walls, baked goods were for sale and Old Fort’s cheerleaders and band members added their talents to the atmosphere.

Jerome Miller, Seth Miller’s father, said Seth Miller is outgoing for a kid with autism. Laura Miller said Seth is happy, helpful and friendly.

“(He’s) full of bear hugs,” she said.

Laura Miller expressed appreciation for everything and everyone in the community and the support. He is living the dream at Old Fort School, she said.

“He’s proud,” she said. “He wants to share (the school) with his friends, too.”