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Lucas Scott; Inspiration On And Off The Field

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Binghamton, N.Y. - How many times have we heard the phrase "Life's 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it?" Probably often. A phrase that Chenango Valley senior Lucas Scott has been able to relate too, right from birth.

It was in December of 2000 when Mike and Wendy Scott found out that instead of having twins they would only be having one baby. Shortly after that, they were told their one child, Lucas Scott was going to be born with a birth defect.

"Being first time parents, it was really difficult for us. It was trying and upsetting but we knew that everything was eventually going to be okay" said Mike Scott.

It wasn't until Wendy had an ultra-sound at Syracuse hospital that the birth defect was shown as Ulnar Club hand, in Lucas's left arm. Ulnar Club Hand is when you're born without a growth plate. The ulnar bone is either partially missing or gone all together, making the form-arm shorter and curved at the wrist.

"We all came to a realization that no matter what this wasn't going be a hindrance to him. He was never going to know he was different" Mike said.

Lucas Scott never viewed himself as different. He also never allowed it to hold him back or become an excuse.

"Growing up you're always thinking. Always changing. I'd be lying to say if I never thought why did this happen to me? But, it happened because I am the person I am and it's made me better" said Lucas.

"My arm. I never viewed myself as different, but it's been something that has always pushed me to work twice as hard at everything."

Especially when it comes to sports. A person who's always pushed Lucas to work hard is his offensive line coach, Keith Hayes.

"He has taught me to be tough. To be the bigger person. Take whatever situation work through it. He led me to believe that I can be bigger than I think I am" Lucas said.

Lucas's and Keith's relationship goes back to when Lucas was born and it became instrumental to Lucas's confidence and pushing himself as an athlete.

"What I have is a physical disability. I don't let it hold me back. My physical achievements are lifting. He's helped me get there. He's taught me that I could do anything. He's said most problems are physical they're mental and I have the type of brain that can work through it" said Lucas.

Since the 7th grade Keith Hayes has customized workouts for Lucas, researching and finding certain exercises that don't do any damage to Lucas's elbow joint, shoulder or wrist. 

"It truly inspires me to be apart of Lucas's growth" said Keith Hayes.

"He's always had a good amount of confidence. Maybe not as much on the athletic fields. I mean, I believed in him and his father believed in him, but overtime when he had success I could see that things were changing for him" Keith said.

  Lucas Scott has been able to build his confidence through sports over the years, while maintaining his worldy character.

"You know we didn't have to do much when he was growing up because he had that personality that made it easy. You knew some kids would maybe pick on him, but he just flushed it off and didn't let it bother him. He picked himself right up and kept on going" said Wendy Scott.

"I'm proud that he's never let this hold him back. We instilled it in him early but he could have taken a negative route. But, he's never let that happen. It's been easy for us to support him" said Mike.

Now, the way Lucas carries himself as a person, an athlete and as a teammate has been absolutely inspiring.

"He's a tremendous person. On and off the field. I don't know how he does it. You know, like you said, it doesn't effect him I don't think. Mentally and physically he's a true warrior" said teammate Brady Hope.

"He's definitely been a huge inspiration to me. Nothing really gets him down. Everything. Always tries to stay up beat, always comes to practice with a smile on his face. He's definitely captain material. A great role model for the younger kids to look up too" said teammate Anthony Forbidussi.

"When he plays I don't even think of him as having any issues or deformity. I just don't. I don't see it because he plays so hard and is such a good player. That's a testimony to his character and his upbringing. You know, with his hard work and his ethic, he's a pretty impressive kid" said Chenango Valley football coach, Jay Hope.

Luke doesn't have any set in stone plans for college, but he would like to attend Wilkes University in Scranton Pennsylvania and play football.

"I look at it as no matter what you're situation is. No matter what's going on how bad stuff can see big or little. It's all about how you react to what's happening. If you just say oh, I'm done. Then you're done. You can't do anything. But, if you fight back and say, well I'm going to make my situation better. That's all the difference. That's what has helped me to go from knowing what I want to do and I'm at the point I am now" said Lucas.