He’s already a big star on social media, can he do that as a basketball player?
At the age of six, Hansel Emmanuel (17) lost his left arm in a tragic accident in his home country of the Dominican Republic. After a wall fell on him and the little boy was trapped for hours, his arm had to be amputated.
His injury and the consequences could not stop Emmanuel’s will to live and athletic ambition. Since that year he has been attending a high school in Kissimmee (Florida), where he works on his incredible career.
What drives him? Emmanuel explains: “I just want my family to be proud of me and I will keep working hard to make that happen.”
Videos of his incredible athleticism went viral and the player was celebrated by his over 500,000 Instagram followers and the basketball world. Even NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal (49) has become aware of the incredible talent – and calls for a college place for the young basketball player: “He has left some of the best high school players behind with one arm and always has no college offer yet. ”Inaudible to O’Neal.
Because not only the four-time NBA champion O’Neal expects a steep career for Emmanuel. Maybe he’ll even make it into the best basketball league in the world …