Every now and then a story comes along that inspires us.
And on Saturday, Hasaan Hawthorne did just that.
Hawthorne, a Senior at Pelham High School in Alabama, capped off his magical season by defeating Southside-Gadsden's Landon Thompson in the Class 6A AHSAA State Wrestling Championships and finished the season undefeated. He was also named the most Valuable Wrestler of his class.
While going undefeated is an incredible achievement in its own right, it's his disability which makes it all the more spectacular and inspirational. Hawthorne is not just an amputee, he is a double amputee. Despite missing both of his legs, two integral parts of the body that wrestlers depend on, Hawthorne still managed to become an unbelievable wrestler via hard work and rigorous training. His upper body strength is enough to take down an Ox.
Humble and polite, Hawthorne, who came in third during last year's tournament, told AL.com: "I just worked hard in practice to get ready". As for plans post high school, Hawthorne said he's not done: "I plan to go to nationals and then in college, but I don't know where yet".
If his victory and incredible achievements are any indication, scholarship offers should come rolling in.