When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, so it is said, and that is the case with teenage sensation Hansel Emmanuel Donato Dominguez.
Born and bred in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 16-year old, despite having one arm, has recently raised a few eyebrows with his exceptional basketball skills that went viral on social media.
Emmanuel’s impressive talent was noted during the Orlando Winter tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, as he put on a show during the three-game tournament, averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The Life Christian Academy student also averaged 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in his first season of high school basketball, helping his team win a Central Florida Christian Academy state title.
At the age of six, Emmanuel lost his left arm when a wall fell on him and trapped him for two hours, requiring amputation below the shoulder, but that did not dim his path to greatness.
He said he remembers the accident as a life lesson that God exists and has given him the power to exceed challenges he faces.
As it turns out, Emmanuel’s skills have earned him his first Division 1 offer from the Tigers and Tennessee State, as he looks to beak every barrier on the court.
Emmanuel hopes that he can eventually transition into playing in the NBA in the future, as he looks up to basketball icons Lebron James and Kevin Durant.
Obviously, Emmanuel hasn’t let his amputation get in the way of his basketball dreams, and so should any other amputee.
He goes by the nickname Kikimata, and said he wants to keep growing while helping his grandmother and family.
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