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Dribbling to Dreams



Annie Willett, Adviser

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Thirteen-year-old Jamarion Styles, from Boca Raton, Florida, works twice as hard to achieve his dream of playing basketball than any other kid.


Jamarion is a teenager born with a bacterial disease and, as a baby, had to have his hands amputated. Many people, like me, find basketball difficult and do not try anything to change it. However, everyday Jamarion practices basketball. While I can’t even shoot a measly hoop-Jamarion Styles shot two three-pointers in one game.


Jamarion shot hoops everyday on his own so he can make it on his school’s team. He would be rejected at neighborhood games, on any after-school day at the community center. Yet, he continued to practice.


Many people would ask him if he would rather play soccer, instead of a game needing arms like basketball, but he continued to persevere.  


One day, he asked his coach at Eagle’s Landing Middle School, Darien Williams, if he could join the team. Coach Williams replied if he tried hard every day he would be welcome to. Coach Williams did wonder how he was going to play without no arms, but Jamarion  did not care if Coach never put him in a game because was happy to be on the team.


Donning the number 2 on his jersey, Jamarion was on the team. He was usually the first one in the gym and the last one to leave.


Jamarion sat on the bench most of the season, until one day, when Coach put him in the game with six minutes left. He dribbled on the court, and his teammates passed him the ball. Jamarion shot the basketball from the 3-pointer outer ring. Without prosthetic arms, only a nub on his right shoulder and his right arm cut to his elbow, he made the shot. On the last second of the game, Jamarion made another three pointer that created a roar in the crowd.


Now Jamarion plays everyday at the community center, no longer being rejected for his disabilities. He joined the volleyball team and looks forward to football next year. He will conquer anything someone says he can’t.  


His inspirational story should be a lesson to everyone. If you think you can’t do it or if someone says you can’t, one just needs to persevere.


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Dribbling to Dreams