One-Legged Soccer Player Nico Calabria Will Inspire You

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Nico Calabria was born with one leg. Despite his disability, the now 19-year-old grew up playing a soccer, a sport that would be seemingly impossible to play without said limb. That didn’t stop Calabria from making the varsity soccer team at Concord-Carlisle High School in Massachusetts. It’s because of this triumph over such adversity that he’s the subject of a 2-minute video posted on YouTube by Powerade last week.


The emotional and inspirational video is part of “Power Through,” a new campaign by Coca-Cola-owned Powerade. Yes, it’s an advertisement intended on selling you a sugary sports drink, but it is genuinely inspiring.

Fidel Martinez is an editor at He's also a Texas native and a lifelong El Tri fan.