♪>>MY NAME IS CONNER STROUD. I AM 15 YEARS OLD. MY HOME IS IN RUTHERFORDTON,
NORTH CAROLINA. I PLAY TENNIS. AND I AM ON THE WORLD
TEEN CUP JUNIOR TEAM. MY DISABILITY IS PROXIMAL FOCAL
FEMUR DEFICIENCY. I WAS ONLY BORN WITH ONE MAIN
LEG BONE, AND THAT WAS IT. ♪>>WE’RE THE PARENTS
OF CONNER STROUD. HE WAS BORN A HEALTHY LITTLE BOY
EXCEPT, YOU KNOW, JUST WITH A LEG DIFFERENCE. SO YOU JUST SORT OF HAVE TO
LEARN TO ADAPT TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING ABOUT
WHAT YOU CAN DO AND –>>TAKING THESE BALLS DOWN,
GETTING READY.>>OKAY. I’LL BE DOWN IN A MINUTE.>>OKAY. THANKS. CONNER STARTED PLAYING TENNIS
WHEN HE WAS 5. AND HE ALWAYS WAS
VERY INTERESTED. AND WHEN HE GOT HIS CHANCE TO
PLAY WITH HIS SISTER AND THE FAMILY, HE JUST STARTED PLAYING.>>I STARTED PLAYING JUNIOR
TOURNAMENTS JUST STANDING UP WHEN I WAS ABOUT 8, A LOT OF
TOURNAMENTS WHEN I WAS 12. AND THEN WHEN I HAD TO MOVE UP
TO THE NEXT DIVISION, IT STARTED GETTING A LITTLE BIT TOO HARD. SO I DECIDED TO JUST TRY
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS. IT WAS CHALLENGING AT FIRST. YOU HAVE TO JUST KEEP MOVING
AND, YOU KNOW, HOLD THE RACQUET AND WHEEL AT THE SAME TIME. SO THE MORE YOU PLAY AND THE
MORE YOU PRACTICE, IT KEPT GETTING EASIER. SO IT’S A LOT OF HARD WORK. ♪>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. LET’S ALL COME IN HERE TOGETHER. ALL RIGHT. IS EVERYBODY HITTIN’
PRETTY GOOD? YOU KNOW, TODAY’S LINEUP,
JACK’S NOT HERE, SO, CONNER, YOU’LL BE NUMBER ONE TODAY. LET’S PLAY TOUGH TODAY. THIS IS THEIR FIRST MATCH TOO,
SO IT SHOULD BE A GOOD MATCH TODAY.>>RIGHT NOW, CONNER’S
RANKED IN THE WORLD. HE’S RANKED NINE IN
JUNIORS IN THE WORLD. HIS GOAL IS TO BE NUMBER ONE IN
JUNIORS BEFORE HE TURNS 19. SO I FEEL LIKE THAT’S A
VERY ATTAINABLE GOAL.>>Heather: WHEN PEOPLE TELL YOU
THAT YOU INSPIRE THEM, CONNER, WHAT DO YOU — HOW DOES
THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?>>UM, IT’S JUST, YOU KNOW,
AN HONOR TO INSPIRE PEOPLE AND JUST THAT — THAT I CAN MAYBE
HELP THEM, YOU KNOW, GET THROUGH A CHALLENGE.>>THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME AVERY HIGH SCHOOL TO PEACH TREE RACQUET
CLUB FOR A HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS MATCH TODAY. OKAY. NUMBER ONE FOR THOMAS JEFFERSON
WOULD BE CONNER STROUD. SHAKE HANDS. YOU GUYS GET GOING. ♪>>I’VE COACHED CONNER FROM DAY
ONE IN HIS TENNIS. FOR CONNER TO PLAY ON HIS —
HIS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS TEAM — THAT’S IT. MAN, YOU CAN’T HIT IT ANY
BETTER THAN THAT ONE. IT’S A GREAT THING FOR CONNER TO
BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND TO INSPIRE OTHER WHEELCHAIR
PLAYERS TO GO PLAY. WE’VE HAD MANY PEOPLE TELL US
THAT HE’S INSPIRED THEM TO GET OUT AND PLAY A SPORT.>>I JUST HOPE THAT, YOU KNOW,
THEY TAKE THE MESSAGE TO, YOU KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP AND
TO JUST KEEP TRYING. AND IT WILL ALL WORK
OUT IN THE END. ♪

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