When one Florida teen was just an infant, he suffered from a rare bacterial infection and doctors were forced to remove both of his hands and most of his arms to save his life.
Growing up without hands has presented many challenges, however, Jamarion Styles has always refused to let it stop him once he’s set his mind to something, even when everyone else was convinced he’d fail. So when 13-year-old Jamarion wanted to play basketball, everyone thought it was impossible, but he never gave up.
“They would start picking teams and I would be the only one left out. And then they would just tell me ‘just go home.’ You can break someone’s heart like that,” Jamarion said about the weekly heartbreak after trying to join neighborhood kids playing basketball as a community center.
So on the first day of middle school at Eagles Landing Middle School, Jamarion found basketball coach Darian Williams and told him he wanted to join the team. “I said, ‘Oh, great, just make sure you try out,’” said Darian, who was really wondering how he could ever play basketball with no arms. “But man, he told me, ‘Mr. Williams, I’ve never been on a team before. Even if I don’t play, I just want to be on the team.’ And how could I say no to that?”
Despite Jamarion’s limitations, he was determined to prove everyone wrong and worked harder than everyone else to do it. “He was usually the first one in the gym and usually the last one to leave,” Darian said. Jamarion still sat most of the season on the bench, but he finally got his moment last month when he was put in a game with six minutes left and sank two perfect three-pointers.
“If I could wave a magic wand right now and give you your arms back, would you want them?” Jamarion was asked. “I don’t need them,” he said confidently in response.
Watch the entire video below to see the unbelievable moment this 13-year-old proved everyone wrong.
Watch closely! Jamarion Styles = No Limits! Check your limits at the door! No limits @TheNest, @Supt_Avossa @southPbcsd @amitychandler pic.twitter.com/n1tSfoltD0
— jp (@ELMSPrincipalJP) March 30, 2017
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