One-Armed Sports Star Keeps a Positive AttitudeCLIMAX, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A 17-year-old boy inspires not only his peers, but his parents and teachers because of his optimistic outlook on life.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ
CLIMAX, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A 17-year-old boy inspires not only his peers, but his parents and teachers because of his optimistic outlook on life.
Taylor Grove of Shelly, MN, lost his left arm in a tragic farming accident at the age of two.
Taylor doesn't let his missing an arm sideline him.
A star football and basketball player, he even golfs when he gets the chance, and he plays the trumpet in the band-all with his right hand.
His parents say he's your typical teenage athlete. He drinks a lot of milk, has a competitive attitude, and never lets his missing arm get in the way.
"Not letting the disability get me down is what keeps me going," said sports star, Taylor Grove.
Besides shooting hoops, sacking the quarterback, and learning to drive.
"So you can drive and drive a stick shift? How do you do that?"
"Shift really fast," said Grove.
The only thing he needs that extra hand for is tying his shoes.
"I'm pretty sure tieing my shoes is the only thing I can't do," said Grove.
"Boys even tease him a little bit and they've asked him, when are you ever going to learn to tie your shoes because they'll tie them for him," said Taylor's mom, Janet Grove.
Even though his friends have to help him lace up, they say watching him on the court inspires them to try harder.
"When you go to different schools for sports and stuff you always get the question who's that kid, he's only got one arm how does he play so I think he's very much so an inspiration," said Taylor's classmate, Kyli Bowling.
"The doctor's told us when he had his accident that the only thing he can't do is what we tell him he can't do. Everything he's gotta do he has to do it with one arm and that's what he does and proves us wrong everyday," said Taylor's dad, Kym Grove.
But there are still times, when players from other teams doubt him.
"Kids from Waubun were kind of picking on me from being one handed and they were like aw he's not good, he's not going to be able to do much well I went in the first 15 minutes and scored 10 points," said Grove.
"He surprises us everyday," said Janet Grove.
"He just keeps trying," said Kym Grove.
He's proving people wrong, but more importantly, teaching others a very valuable lesson.
"I don't give up. There are some times where you try and try and try and you can't do something but don't be afraid to ask for help. Set your mind for something and go get it," said Grove.
After high school, Taylor plans on majoring in agriculture engineering.