Wearing “#KellyStrong” T-shirts, Brunswick eighth-grade basketball player Kelly Ventura is escorted onto the floor by Sabrina, his mother, and Dennis, his grandfather, before the Blue Devils’ varsity boys basketball game against Walsh Jesuit on Tuesday night. RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE
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Kelly Ventura a 13-year-old Willetts Middle School student, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a freak accident Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. He was released briefly from the hospital to attend a ceremony at Brunswick High School honoring his courage and positive outlook. Afterward, he returned to MetroHealth Brooklyn Health Center, from where he is scheduled to be released Jan. 31.