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Young Athlete Overcomes Physical Challenge

It’s usually the parent that tries to inspire and motivate their children, but every now and then it’s the other way around. 11-year-old Mickey Stolzenberg isn’t the best player on his lacrosse team, however everyone would agree, he’s the most courageous. Keep Reading…

Think about Mickey Stolzenberg every time you think about giving up. He’s our hero.

…WPTV

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It’s usually the parent that tries to inspire and motivate their children, but every now and then it’s the other way around. 11-year-old Mickey Stolzenberg isn’t the best player on his lacrosse team, however everyone would agree, he’s the most courageous.

Three years ago, Mickey suffered from a rare immune disease that nearly took his life. During his seven week battle, doctors had to amputate both of his hands, and both feet.

“Now that he’s growing every six months, he needs to get new sockets,” says Mickey’s dad, Keith Stolzenberg. “He doesn’t wear arm prosthetics because they are too heavy and frankly the technology is not as good as what he can do with his arms as it is. He writes, he eats, he does just about everything.”

This past weekend, the Pockets and Sockets Lacrosse Tournament took place to benefit the Mickey Stolzenberg trust, which will allow Mickey’s family to purchase superior prosthetics so he can continue to participate in physical activities.

“His smile, his happiness, he doesn’t let anything stop him,” says event organizer Jennifer Bolger.

“This is great, I really liked it,” says Mickey. “I thanked everybody for coming and I even get to play in my own tournament.”

He even gave fans another reason to cheer. He scored a goal.

“I had a couple of misses, wasn’t sure what to do, but then I got the hang of it and I scored,” Mickey said.

Become a fan of Pockets and Sockets Lacrosse Tournament HERE!

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Rgibson52
Rgibson52
10 years ago

My son is physically challenged, he’s deaf, yet loves to participate in sports and his favorite is lacrosse. I think it is fantastic how lacrosse organizations embrace all people no matter what and are more than happy getting their participation.

No winer it is the fastest growing sport in the country!

Sean Vanderslice
Sean Vanderslice
10 years ago

 I’m a friend of the stolzenberg family, and I’m glad to be seeing Mikey inspire so many with his bravery and courage. Guys mikey stolzenberg trust fund on facebook check it out guys

Sean Vanderslice
Sean Vanderslice
10 years ago

 I’m a friend of the stolzenberg family, and I’m glad to be seeing Mikey inspire so many with his bravery and courage. Guys mikey stolzenberg trust fund on facebook check it out guys

Rgibson52
Rgibson52
10 years ago

My son is physically challenged, he’s deaf, yet loves to participate in sports and his favorite is lacrosse. I think it is fantastic how lacrosse organizations embrace all people no matter what and are more than happy getting their participation.

No winer it is the fastest growing sport in the country!

Sean Vanderslice
Sean Vanderslice
10 years ago

 I’m a friend of the stolzenberg family, and I’m glad to be seeing Mikey inspire so many with his bravery and courage. Guys mikey stolzenberg trust fund on facebook check it out guys

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