Professional and collegiate athletics obviously get a lot of mainstream attention, but some of sports’ most captivating stories actually occur at the high school level. Case in point: the perseverance and dedication displayed by Massachusetts high schooler, Nico Calabria.
Calabria, Concord-Carlisle High School soccer team’s co-captain, was born with only one leg. If you think that precludes him from being an effective soccer player, though, you should probably check out this video:
According to this bio of him, Calabria apparently doesn’t let his one missing leg hold him back from much of anything:
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Nico Calabria is a junior at Concord Carlisle High School in Massachusetts where he is co-captain of the varsity wrestling team and co-captain of the junior varsity soccer team.
At age 13 he became the first person to ever summit 19,341 ft. Mount Kilimanjaro on crutches and in so doing raised more than $100,000 for charity. He's the subject of a short documentary film entitled Nico’s Challengewhich received numerous honors including first place at the American Pavilion Film Festival in Cannes, France.
Nico is the recipient of the Ambassadors of Mobility Award from the Free Wheelchair Mission and the Inspiration Award from Shane’s Inspiration.
He's been a speaker at the Mountainfilm Festivals in Colorado and Vermont, has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and been a guest on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
He's currently a field tester for SideStix providing feedback that has helped to create the ultimate high performance sports crutch.
There are some really great stories in sports – you just have to be willing to find them.