Teen Set to Become Youngest Player on U.S. Amputee Soccer Team


HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A 15-year-old Urbana High School student is set to become the youngest player on this year’s U.S. National Men’s Amputee Soccer Team.

When Noah Grove was 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. To save his life, doctors had to amputate his leg.

"Chemo was horrible. It was probably the worst experience anyone could have in their life,” Noah said.

Even though Noah has been faced with many challenges, he did not stop pursuing his dreams. He is now gearing up to play in the Amputee World Cup in Mexico this winter.

"It's going to be a great, amazing experience," Noah said.

It has been a long journey for Noah to get to where he is now. At first, he could barely come to terms with his prosthetic leg.

"I wouldn't put it on, I wouldn't even look at it,” Noah said.

With help from his family and Ability Prosthetics in Hagerstown, he was gradually able to find his strength, and he excelled.

"When he gets on the athletic stage, he performs optimally,” Noah’s prosthetist Jeff Quelet said. “None of the things that he's concerned with has to do with cancer."

Jeff has been helping Noah for eight years, and the two have formed a close bond.

"He's kind of like my big brother,” Noah said.

Jeff also had childhood cancer, and he too had to get his leg amputated. For him, watching Noah succeed is nothing short of amazing.

"Noah has been going through similar experiences that I had as a child,” Jeff said. "Noah is exceeding on the highest stage possible right now. And that's awesome."

Despite his success, Noah said his main concern is making sure his loved ones are proud of him.

"Seeing the smiles on people's faces when I do something incredible, it's great,” Noah said.

Noah will be traveling to Washington, D.C. with the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team on August 9 to play against the Liberian National Amputee Soccer team. The match is intended to be a a warm-up to the Amputee Soccer World Cup in Mexico from Nov. 28  to Dec. 8.

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