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Frank and Carla D'Ambra stand on the basketball

Frank and Carla D'Ambra stand on the basketball court of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club with their son Kewan Beebe after shooting hoops together. Carla D'Ambra became somewhat of a basketball mom to Beebe, and the two quickly established a bond. (March 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Basketball and a Glen Cove couple's embrace help a Bronx teen bounce back from adversity.

Frank and Carla D'Ambra stand on the basketball
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Frank and Carla D'Ambra stand on the basketball court of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club with their son Kewan Beebe after shooting hoops together. Carla D'Ambra became somewhat of a basketball mom to Beebe, and the two quickly established a bond. (March 31, 2013)

Kewan Beebe watches sports on television, something he
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kewan Beebe watches sports on television, something he does religiously at his Glen Cove home. (March 31, 2013)

Carla and Frank D'Ambra share a laugh with
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Carla and Frank D'Ambra share a laugh with son Kewan Beebe in the kitchen of their Glen Cove home while talking about girls and the upcoming prom. By a twist of fate after his aunt moved, Beebe ended up in the home and hearts of Carla and Frank D’Ambra of Glen Cove. (March 31, 2013)

Cassandra Weaver, Kewan Beebe's mother, died in March
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Cassandra Weaver, Kewan Beebe's mother, died in March 2007.

Kewan Beebe of Glen Cove puts up a
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Kewan Beebe of Glen Cove puts up a basket against Manhasset during a basketball game at Glen Cove High School. (Jan. 27, 2012)

Carla D'Ambra cheers Kewan Beebe while he shoots
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Carla D'Ambra cheers Kewan Beebe while he shoots hoops on the basketball court of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. Her job, she says, is to cheer while he plays and practices. (March 31, 2013)

Frank D'Ambra arms wrestles with Kewan Beebe at
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Frank D'Ambra arms wrestles with Kewan Beebe at the kitchen table, an activity they do quite often at their Glen Cove home. (March 31, 2013)

A senior portrait of Kewan Beebe stands next
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

A senior portrait of Kewan Beebe stands next to a photo of Carla D'Ambra's stepdaughters, Lauren and Rachel D'Ambra, on the mantel in the D'Ambra kitchen in Glen Cove. (March 31, 2013)

Glen Cove guard Kewan Beebe, in red, discusses
Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

Glen Cove guard Kewan Beebe, in red, discusses the game plan with his coach Peter Falen and team during halftime of a game against Sewanhaka, held at Glen Cove High School. Glen Cove defeated Sewanhaka 69-63. (Feb. 1, 2013)

Kewan Beebe talks about his most-prized award for
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kewan Beebe talks about his most-prized award for being the countywide A-3 Player of the Year. In the background and on both sides are the other multiple awards he has received in the last two years of living with the D'Ambra's. (March 31, 2013)

After watching his favorite women's college basketball team,
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

After watching his favorite women's college basketball team, Notre Dame, win against the Kansas Jayhawks, Kewan Beebe roams his Glen Cove home with a basketball. (March 31, 2013)

Carla and Frank D'Ambra sit with their son
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Carla and Frank D'Ambra sit with their son Kewan Beebe in the living room of their Glen Cove home for the Sunday afternoon ritual of watching sports on television. (March 31, 2013)

Kewan Beebe edits his game footage to show
Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

Kewan Beebe edits his game footage to show to college coaches. (Jan. 23, 2013)

Glen Cove High School basketball player Kewan Beebe
Photo Credit: James Escher

Glen Cove High School basketball player Kewan Beebe dribbles across the court in the first quarter of a Nassau County Class A varsity boys basketball first round playoff game vs. Floral Park at Glen Cove High School. Glen Cove outscored Floral Park 17-8 in the fourth quarter and won by a score of 57-54. (Feb. 17, 2012)

Kewan Beebe shoots against Frank D'Ambra on the
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kewan Beebe shoots against Frank D'Ambra on the basketball court of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. (March 31, 2013)

Kewan Beebe shares a laugh with Carla and
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kewan Beebe shares a laugh with Carla and Frank D'Ambra in their Glen Cove kitchen while talking about girls and the upcoming prom. (March 31, 2013)

Kewan Beebe jokes with Frank D'Ambra about being
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Kewan Beebe jokes with Frank D'Ambra about being a Harlem Globetrotter before heading outside to the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club with his parents. (March 31, 2013)

Every television in the D'Ambra home in Glen
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Every television in the D'Ambra home in Glen Cove is tuned to a sports channel. Here, Kewan Beebe watches the women's game between Notre Dame and the Kansas Jayhawks in his bedroom. (March 31, 2013)

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