Tenth grade athlete Ryan Leonard, who was born without any arms, has learned to improvise when he plays his favorite sports. But when he managed to sink a 3-point basket from half-court, his friends couldn't believe their eyes.
The North Carolina teen dribbles the basketball with his legs, like a hacky-sack, and then uses his knee to make the shot. And luckily a friend happened to be recording the moment on his cellphone.
Leonard is also a star-athlete in soccer, football and wrestling. In an article about him last year, he tells MyRandolphSports.com
about his wrestling moves, “I get down into the position and then... I wrap my legs around theirs and trip them.”
He says his favourite sport is football, where he plays defensive end and linebacker, saying
, "I enjoy knocking people down." “We do a lot of conditioning, which I also enjoy.” And he's got a competitive spirit, saying,“My goals are to win championships.”
His mom Kyna says, "Ryan doesn’t let anyone bother him." "He has a lot of confidence. He doesn’t want or expect anyone to do anything out of the ordinary for him."
He was featured in a photo essay for Greensboro, North Carolina's News Record
last year, and can be seen using his feet to hold a pencil in class, surf the Internet, throwing and catching a Frisbee.
Leonard also has some final advice for others, "Don’t ever let anyone make fun of you. They are sometimes jealous of who you are."