Despite being born with a defect that left him with one hand, Kellen Goc, a junior at Westside High School, is playing offensive and defensive line on the varsity football team this year.
Goc was born with Poland syndrome, a disorder where a patient is born with missing or underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body. It results in abnormalities that can affect the chest, shoulder, arm, and hand. That isn't stopping him, though.
"I do track, and I play football. I used to play basketball. I stopped playing my freshman year, but I still play at the YMCA just for fun," Goc says.
He modifies his workouts a little bit to accommodate what he's lacking physically. But what isn't lacking is Goc's enthusiasm for the game, his teammates and everything Westside Warriors.
"I'm ready to go," he says. "Just seeing how well everything we did this summer, how well that comes together and hopefully getting a win."