You might already be familiar with the exploits of Nico Calabria, even if the name doesn't necessarily ring a bell. Born with one leg, Calabria climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro when he was 13, becoming the first person to do so on crutches. Playing on his high school soccer team in Massachusetts, Calabria scored on incredible scissors kick and the video of the goal went viral. That earned him appearances on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime show and NPR's "All Things Considered."
His inspirational story is now being featured as part of Powerade's World Cup campaign. The spot uses home videos to show Calabria's struggles, growth and development from a toddler to a 19-year-old who hopes to participate in soccer this fall when he begins studying at Colorado College.
"It was hard sometimes, but my family always had a 'no excuse, tough love mentality' when it came to overcoming challenges," Calabria said.
Looks it worked:
And here was the soccer goal from the fall of 2012:
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