Powerful: Florida Gators Recruit Disabled Ballplayer On Team Roster


Photo Credit: Zach Hodskins/Facebook

In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Whether this statement holds true in your heart or not, it’s a valuable message.

Zach Hodskins, a 6’4 high school basketball player at Milton was born without a left hand and a forearm. This young man was provided with his own version of life’s “box of chocolates,” and although some would think that Zach had gotten a bad break, his so-called “liability” only made him stronger.

The desire to want to prove people wrong on a daily basis elevated Zach Hodskins’ play on the basketball court, which ultimately led to a guaranteed spot on the roster with one of the top NCAA basketball programs in the University of Florida. However, the Gators will not provide a school scholarship, but instead make Zach an offer to be a “walk-on” freshman. Zach happily agreed.

The Florida Gators, led by coach Billy Donovan, are regarded as one of the heavyweights in the world of college basketball winning two Division I NCAA tournaments in 2006 and 2007.

Donovan was delighted on bringing Zach aboard and had expressed his feelings towards the Hodskins family.

“We’re first and foremost recruiting you [Zach] as a player. You are an inspiration, but you are here because you’re a good basketball player.”

If you want to know more about Zach, below is a great video of him and his life with basketball. Zach explains how Kevin Laue (only NCAA Division I player with one hand) motivated his passion to play. Check it out and you’ll agree that this kid truly deserves the spot.

I admire people like Zach Hodskins and even though I haven’t the slightest idea of the type of person he is and what he will become, his story is compelling and it’s a great example of what will and determination looks like from the eyes of a true champion. We could certainly learn a thing or two from this young individual.

When asked about his disabilities, Zach responded:

“I welcome it, more than playing basketball,” he said. “Through basketball, I can reach out to those people. It’s a very humbling experience.”

Good for you Zach and a job well done Florida.

Source: Mike Tierney/New York Times

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2 Responses to Powerful: Florida Gators Recruit Disabled Ballplayer On Team Roster

  1. SportsChump says:

    As a Gator alum, I’ve already heard about this kid.

    And he can ball.

    Let’s see if he can end up handling the rigors of the SEC schedule on one of the conference’s best teams.


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