MENTOR, OH — You would never be able to tell by the way he shoots the basketball that Zach Hodskins only has one hand.
“I love to see people watch me for the first time, just their look of shock on their face, it’s a lot of fun,” said Hodskins.
Hodskins, who lives in Atlanta, was born with only part of his left arm, but that hasn’t stopped him from having good ball-handling skills.
“It’s actually amazing to see someone shoot like that because, I think, it’s kind of awesome because it should be an inspiration to kids because it shows that you can still follow your dreams even if you don’t have both arms,” said Alanna Anglen, a 7th grader at St. Stanislaus.
Hodskins visited St. Stanislaus in Cleveland to hand out basketballs and share his story.
“They see me and they are inspired and amazed and I just tell them, you can do anything as long as you work hard and believe that you can do it,” said Hodskins.
Anthony Bagliano was a kicker at Eastlake North High School. He was born with a heart-hand syndrome, which causes his arms and hands to be undeveloped.
Bagliano, who is going to be a college kicker this season at King’s College in Northern Pennsylvania, came by to watch the shooting guard in action.
“What he can do with a ball and have the confidence and courage to go out there and not just perform okay, he’s excellent at it and I think that’s great and I look up to that,” said Bagliano.
Mentor resident Tony Marinozzi is working on a documentary about the 17-year-old, 3-point threat. Marinozzi runs a basketball charity called “Make a Swish” foundation and wanted others to meet the sharp shooting guard.
“He wants to speak to kids. He wants to tell his story and encourage others. He has goals of playing Division I basketball,” Said Marinozzi.
Hodskins is going into his senior year and he definitely has some college hoops dreams. He says Division I schools are already offering him scholarships, but he’s not telling Fox 8 which school he plans on attending.