The rec center accomplishes exactly that -- all the kids fawn over him, and he moves in to cheer up some crying kid named Eric, although we never see the end result, so he is in all likelihood still crying, ignored by peers, rec center staff, and indeed, the entire world other than a Bachelor producer who just needed a sap.
But there is a big highlight here, and his name is Ronnie. Ronnie the "Half Court King" is a seemingly mentally challenged young man with dope hair who is outright incredible at making half-court shots. He gets challenged to make a half-court shot -- and if he does, Ben will have to kiss Lauren in front of a bunch of kids who know for a fact that kissing transmits dangerous cooties. And he does! And then he hits another, just for fun.
While the rest of his life might be pretty tough, Ronnie is absolutely sick at half-court shots, which seems to make him happy, and that makes me happy. And furiously jealous, of course: at one point in my life I was also practicing them a lot, in the hopes of getting a college scholarship as a specialist who would only be on the floor for the final five seconds of every half, and would be paraded around campus as a hero after I won every tight game, but I couldn't get very good at them because they're incredibly difficult. But also I'm happy for Ronnie, remember! The big question here, though, is why Ronnie didn't get the kiss when he hit the shot. He did all the damn work.