|Published:||Oct 02, 2012 12:59 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 02, 2012 1:08 PM EDT|
One Massachusetts high school soccer player is becoming an internet hit, thanks to one goal.
Nico Calabria is easy to spot. He's the guy with one leg.
Playing on his high school soccer team this season, he recently scored his first career goal, and the video clip on YouTube already has a million hits.
He was born without a right leg and hip. His parents raised him with one expectation: that he shouldn't expect any special treatment.
Calabria was just five when he decided that a traditional prosthetic leg was simply holding him back.
"My disability doesn't define who I am. My disability gives me a challenge every day," Calabria said. "You can go the option of forearm crutches which are... they make you stick out heinously, but they also give you this opportunity to be as mobile and as free as I wanna be."
And he definitely is living up to that potential. At just 13-years-old, he became the first one-legged climber to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This past summer, Nico made his debut for the US amputee soccer team, and now wants to take them to the World Cup.