Obama sends letter to armless kicker

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:09am

Inspired by Isaac Lufkin's story, President Barack Obama sent the 14-year-old high school kicker, born without arms, a letter praising his determination.

Lufkin's story caught the attention of the White House after CNN aired a piece profiling him last month.

Lufkin is the place kicker for his Classical High School freshman football team in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2013, he helped lead his team through an undefeated season and on to win the freshman football state title.

The President congratulated Lufkin and his team on a successful season.

"I recently learned about your story of perseverance, and I want you to know I am inspired by the courage and grit you have demonstrated," Obama wrote in the letter.

"Your success on and off the football field serves as a reminder of what can be achieved when we work hard and stay focused on reaching our goals. You have set a powerful example not only for your teammates, but for all Americans, and I hope you continue to aim high and strive for excellence in everything you do."

Since CNN's story, Lufkin and his mom, Lori, were invited by the National Football League as VIP guests at the Super Bowl where he met former President Bill Clinton and got to go on the field before the game to watch the players warm up.

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