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First Kick clinic in Charlotte teaches amputees how to play soccer

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CHARLOTTE -- Five-year-old Tyoma is getting ready for his first soccer lesson, but unlike most kids his age, he's doing it with just one leg.

"Tyoma was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, without the bottom of his right leg,” said his mom Kristen.

Tyoma is playing with other kids who have physical challenges at the inaugural First Kick soccer clinic.

"This is the first opportunity that he's had to be around other people that have the same struggles he has,” his mom said.

The clinic not only teaches amputees how to play soccer, it also shows them they’re not alone.

“They feel strange. They feel like people are looking at them differently, they may feel different themselves. Here, they’re not,” said Robin Burton, executive director of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation.“They may have to make some adaptations to make it happen, but there are endless opportunities for them out there.”

Tyoma’s mom says this lesson might be the start of a lifelong passion.

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