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Sydney Ring, One-Handed Basketball Player, Inspiring Others On And Off The Court

Added 02-24-21 09:29:01am EST - “Sydney Ring started playing basketball at a young age, but unlike most, she did so with just one hand.” - Stlouis.cbslocal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Stlouis.cbslocal.com: “Sydney Ring, One-Handed Basketball Player, Inspiring Others On And Off The Court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

But unlike most, she did so with just one hand. A congenital birth defect left Ring without an appendage below her left wrist.

“This has been her life, this is the only way that she knows,” said Ring’s mother, Cheryl. “When something like that happens, sometimes I think it’s real easy to go to all of the things that your child is not able to do, and it’s more difficult to focus on the things that they are able to accomplish.”

The Ring family focused on the latter, and today Sydney is a sharp-shooting junior at Seneca Valley Senior High School outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sydney credits her “disability” for her fluid shot.

“I think a lot of kids push the ball with two hands. But for me, I had to learn to shoot regularly,” Sydney said. “When I was little, that was the only way I knew how to shoot.”

“When they are playing against other teams, you can hear their parents. They’ll watch up to halftime and all of a sudden, one of them will say, ‘Oh, my gosh, that girl only has one hand,’” Cheryl said. “It’s just interesting that’s not where the focus is. They’re just watching her play ball.”

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