Roman Sweeney, a senior at North Central Charter Essential School (Fitchburg, Mass.), was born with legs that end just above the knee and half of a left arm. No matter, Sweeney joined the NCC basketball team this season.
“On paper, I guess I'm disabled,” Sweeney told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, “and if it gets me free stuff I'll take that, but when it comes to people saying, 'Oh, you can't do that because you're disabled,' then that's when I'm like, 'Oh, I'll try it.' ”
Sweeney, who was adopted from a Russian oprhanage when he was 6, also plays tennis and baseball. But basketball is his favorite sport.
“It makes me feel like I'm dating Beyoncé,” said Sweeney, who stands 5-foot-4 with his titanium legs and has made three 3-pointers this season. “It's the most beautiful feeling in the world. It's my passion.”
On Friday, reporters informed Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett that Sweeney was a huge fan.
“Amazing, amazing," Garnett said. "He has more 3s than I have. Things like that are simply amazing. I have no words for that. That's truly amazing to me. ... That's truly humbling."
Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.