Some people view physical disabilities as an insurmountable challenge, while others see them as an opportunity.
Sixteen-year-old Hansel Enmanuel is one of the latter!
The young Dominican Republic native is now an internationally recognized high school basketball player. Unlike most of his peers, Hansel has just one arm.
Growing up in Santo Domingo, he tragically lost his arm after becoming trapped beneath a fallen wall at the age of 6. After two long hours, he was finally rescued, but the bulk of his limb was too far gone and had to be amputated.
According to Yahoo Sports, Hansel chose not to see the accident as a tragic loss but rather as a life lesson that God exists. He transformed his new reality into a rare gift, and his determination and sheer talent have paid dividends!
His exceptional athleticism brought him all the way to the U.S., where he scored a scholarship to play basketball for Life Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida.
There, his talent continued to gain attention. With the help of social media, videos of Hansel’s game play began circulating the internet, eventually going viral and skyrocketing his Instagram community to over 265,000 followers.
Every day, Hansel proves that he doesn’t need to convince anyone to view him accurately. After all, his talent speaks for itself!
Despite all the recognition he’s received, Hansel remains true to his ultimate goals: to be the best athlete he can be and to make his family proud!
He even insists that he can’t take credit for his success. As he wrote on Instagram, “To be successful, it only takes two things, the favor and grace of God.”
Watch a highlight reel of his phenomenal skills below, and share this uplifting story with a friend.
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