He danced his way into our hearts, and on Tuesday, Sam Forbes danced his way onto the court at the BioSteel Centre where the Toronto Raptors practice.
Both Sam and his manager Chris Ali met and hooped with some of their favourite players, including DeMar DeRozan.
“It’s pretty surreal, there’s a lot of adrenaline going through me at the moment,” Sam explained.
That admiration goes both ways.
“He’s really an inspiration for us,” said DeRozan. “I know he’s a fan of ours, but after we’ve seen his stories, we definitely became fans of his.”
This was all made possible by Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Sam on the show to share more of his story.
Sam, who has autism, was told he would never be employable. That was before his Starbucks Manager Chris stepped in, and hired the 17-year old to work as a barista at Starbucks.
You first saw him on Breakfast Television, after a video of him dancing on the job went viral, garnering millions of views and dubbing him the ‘dancing barista’.
After living out his hoop dreams and taking his dancing skills to Ellen, Sam said he wants to use his new found celebrity to make a change.
“I really want to be a famous advocate for people who have special needs, and I want to be an advocate for Autism,” he said.
Next, Sam will be taking his dancing internationally, because Ellen is sending him on a trip to Tokyo in October.
“I just love the culture, the customs, the food and I love geishas,” he said enthusiastically.