Lafayette, LA (KADN) -- Amalie Aragona started playing volleyball about two years ago. She is twelve and in sixth grade and her big sister inspired her to play. Her mom says nothing holds her back including only having one arm.
"We always encouraged her to be independent," her mother Tiffany Aragona said. "As it turns out she didn't need any encouragement in that."
Amalie Aragona was born without a left arm. At two-and-a-half, her parents adopted her from China. Her coaches helped her improve at the hardest skill for her to master--volleyball setting.
"Well she would toss it to me and I would bump it up," Amalie said. "And then she would tell me to bump it up like that."
Kids anywhere can be extremely inquisitive, so Amalie's family started developing crazy stories on exactly how she lost her left arm.
"I would tell them it got bitten off by a shark," Amalie explained.
"She has a cousin that's her age and my husband told her that w hadn't unpacked it," Tiffany Aragona said. "Yet so for months, my niece looked in her suitcases for her arm."
Amalie unpacked being unique so she has one message for any athlete that has doubts.
"I would say keep trying and don't get up," Amalie said.