Twelve-year-old Sammy, who has spina bifida, was inspired by his favorite NBA player, LeBron James, to try out the sport.
"I feel like LeBron and I feel like a basketball player," he said.
Let us never forget how much athletes inspire so many people. Sammy was inspired by his favorite @NBA player @KingJames to try out wheelchair basketball for the first time today...catch the full story tonight at 11 on @ABC11_WTVD pic.twitter.com/SDovvHAVy8— Bridget Condon (@BridgetABC11) July 12, 2019
When the doctors told Sammy's mother, Melanie Sykes, that her son had spina bifida, she never thought he'd be playing basketball.
Now 12 years later, he's sinking buckets.
"He wants to play like LeBron," Sykes said. "He's always loved basketball and it's just giving him the opportunity to actually do something that he enjoys."
Wheelchair basketball isn't as easy as you might think. It's a lot like regular basketball but you can only use two pushes for every dribble.
"It's really an exhilarating experience," said Akeem Hassell, who's been playing for 19 years. "It kept me out of a lot of trouble and gave me a lot of experiences traveling."
"I've been taking care of Akeem since he was a baby," said John Wiener, a urologist at Duke. "To watch him weave in and out, I'm just in awe watching him."
Hassell makes it his mission to get as many people involved in the sport as possible.
"I always try to recruit kids," he said. "I want them to have the love of wheelchair basketball like I do because it's really good for the quality of life and it's good to make friends. It also teaches you how to be independent and teaches you camaraderie."
"How could you not say yes, I want to be in it when Akeem's asking you to do it?" said Wiener. "He's just magnetic."
Bridge II Sports hopes this will encourage people to sign up for its annual wheelchair basketball tournament in August. Click here for more information.