Frederick teen hopes to make Amputee World Cup

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA 9) -- World Cup fever has subsided, but another soccer World Cup is trying out players. And one of the best and youngest going out for the team is from the DC-area.

Noah Grove loves soccer, specifically the intensity and speed of the game. The 15-year-old, a rising sophomore at Urbana High School in Frederick, has been playing since he was very young, but the way he plays now is very different than when he was a kid.

Doctors amputated Noah's left leg above the knee when he was 4 years old because of bone cancer. Now, he plays with a prosthetic leg or arm crutches.

"It didn't seem like it would be much of a sports future -- it was his leg or is life," said Chris Grove, Noah's father.

The loss of his leg didn't take his spirit or his desire to play the game. Noah focuses on science and math during the school year and enjoys playing pick-up soccer games with buddies who have both their legs.

"He's a fantastic athlete, you'll see when you watch him. His ability to get up and down the field ... is shocking in a way because you wouldn't expect someone to move as fast as he can move," said soccer coach Bo Eskay.

Noah's athletic ability and good soccer sense got the attention of the US Men's National Amputee Soccer team last year. They received a waiver allowing then 14-year-old Noah to be on their tryout roster.

The head coach says he has an excellent chance to make the team which competes in the Amputee World Cup in November.


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