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On crutches, Concord-Carlisle teen scores epic goal

CONCORD — Nico Calabria detached his leg, gave up his prosthetic limb, because of its limitations. Not only did it hinder his game, he said it held back others from understanding why a kid his age, who was fit, vivacious, and seemingly able afoot, couldn’t dash around a soccer field like the rest of the bunch, trailed behind the play, struggled to keep pace.

Just entering grammar school at the time, Calabria already had figured out that appearance can be but an illusion and limitations too often for those small of thought. He was born with only one leg and was never trying to hide that fact. So, he thought, why try to appear to be like everyone else? Most of all, why not let everyone know what was slowing him down on the field, while at the same time be able to take his game as far as it could go?

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