The unflinching determination of this teenager is simply amazing! Though he lost his hands and a portion of his arms, he doesn’t let this stop him from achieving his dreams!
The double-amputee teenager, Jamarion Styles, sat on the bench in the basketball court for most of the season until March 2017. But then, he finally got the chance to show his talent when he was placed in a game six minutes before finishing.
Then the much-awaited moment came, he got the ball, and everyone said shoot it, and he did! He sank a three-pointer and went on scoring another for Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida. Everyone cheered and celebrated this unbelievable moment!
Since then, this South Florida teen, who turned 14 in April this year, has emerged as the hero and the latest internet sensation for his excellent athletic skills as well as his inspirational determination and strength. However, the obviously talented and hardworking basketball player aspires to be a professional NFL player when he grows up.
“Football is one of my main sports. I play different sports, but football in [sic] my main one. I just tried basketball, and it turns out, here I am,” Styles told WSVN.
Disability hasn’t stopped Jamarion Styles from shooting a game-winning shot for his team
His teammate, Mark Steig was glad that his perseverance and hard work has paid off. “I think he plays just like everyone else,” Mark told WSVN. “He goes through it. He has no excuses.” “He’s inspirational too,” Mark added.
A few months ago, Styles was a kid whom no one would pick as a basketball player because of his disability. When he was 8 months old, both his hands and a portion of his arms were amputated due to a rare bacterial infection.
“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,” Styles talked about the rejections when he tried to play basketball with the kids at a community center in Boca Raton, Florida, in an interview with CBS News.
Everyone was unconvinced how a boy without arms and hands could play basketball, but he never gave up. On his first day at Eagles Landing Middle School, Styles told basketball coach Darian Williams about his wish to join the team.
“Mr. Williams, I’ve never been on a team before. Even if I don’t play, I just want to be on the team,” Styles said.
The coach did ponder for a while, but decided to give him the chance.
“I said, ‘Oh, great, just make sure you try out,’” recalled Mr. Williams. “And how could I say no to that?”
To prove he can play basketball like any other teen, he was determined to work harder
He’s the most diligent worker on the squad
He is an inspiration to all of us…
Styles treasured this golden chance to be on the basketball team. He doesn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion for sports. And to prove he can play basketball like any other teen, he was determined to work harder.
“He was usually the first one in the gym and usually the last one to leave,” said Mr. Williams.
He aspires to be a professional NFL player when he grows up
His three-pointer shots greatly lifted his confidence. “’It really boosted me up, the confidence, so I try hard every day,” Styles told WSVN.
“I love it right now. My teammates is enjoying me. I’m enjoying it. It’s just a great feeling.”
“Just stay positive, and you can do whatever you can if you want to”
“Just stay positive, and you can do whatever you can if you want to,” he said.
When asked if he wants his arms back, he replied with utter confidence, “I don’t need them.”
Indeed, Styles’s disability hasn’t stopped him from achieving his dreams!