Denver Nuggets rookie big man Jusuf Nurkic has quickly made a reputation for himself with his rugged and intense style. Nurkic showed his softer side this week when the team hosted its 11th annual clinic for Special Olympics athletes in the area.

Nurkic was among of the Nuggets getting autographs from the Special Olympians, and one particular photo has picked up steam online. Posted originally on Imgur, the photo shows a youngster intently writing on autograph on Nurkic's shirt.

The exchange of signatures between the Nuggets and Special Olympians was one of the event's more memorable moments.

"The little bit of effect that we have on them is nominal," Nuggets coach Melvin Hood said. "I think it goes the other way. It's the effect they have on us. They change our lives. Every year we do this, I get tingly because you can see our guys interacting with them. These moments we take away; they're special moments. They should be the ones signing our shirts ... I mean, these are the stars."

Here is a video from the Nuggets with more details and highlights of the function:

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