Autistic teen reaches new heights as manager of the Red Claws

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March 4, 2010, 10:16 pm
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(NECN: Marnie MacLean) - The Maine Red Claws are enjoying sell out crowds in their inaugural season.   It's the kind of success the Celtic's minor league affiliate was hoping for.
              
From the players, to the coaches...the trainers..even the mascot...it is a team effort.
19-year-old Josh Titus is the team manager, a job he knows very well.
              
Josh spent four years serving as the manager of his high school basketball team in Auburn, Maine.  Last year, in the final home game Josh was given the chance to play. He took advantage of every second on the floor.

Nine points and a performance that inspired his community and people across Maine.  It earned Josh a spirit award and a chance to go the NCAA Final Four as a special guest.   

And then life returned to normal, for a while. Josh graduated from high school, started college and then the phone rang...josh was being called up to the pro's.

The Maine Red Claws hired Josh to be their team manager. He looked at it as a practical move.

Every home game, Josh gets to the arena three hours before game time....he folds the towels....fills the water bottles...and spends a lot of time talking sports....

He debates his top five Celtics of all time....and before game time hangs out with the players.

For his father Andy, seeing his son....the boy he and his wife adopted from a Romanian orphanage when he was just a baby...seeing him have these moments....it is hard to describe.

Andy Titus: "One of the most beautiful things that happened to Joshua is he grew....through
all this...one more step for him. I saw him go from a kid who couldn't do anything...."

To a kid who is trying everything....and so far succeeding.

I asked if he wanted that full time job to be the team manager for the Celtics....he said no...but he would consider working as their accountant.

Andy: "Maybe one day he can be an accountant for the Celtics but that has to be there.
That goal, wherever it leads him who knows we would never discourage that kind of
Goal, he loves sports and accounting, who knows?"

Josh's parents have always taught him to shoot for the moon, he's showing everyone, it's a shot he can make.

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