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Young Partial Paralysis Victim Striving To Motivate Others

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY- The first baseman of little league team the Clarkstown stars has a special technique on the field.

"When I play I like catch my left, take my glove off and then throw with my left, it was hard when I started doing it, but it got pretty easy," said young Dylan Olsen.

Using the same hand to catch and throw has proven effective for 12 year old Dylan of Rockland County, but the move was born out of necessity.

"When he was a year we found out he had had a stroke and they narrowed it down to when he was still in the womb, or right after birth," said Dylan's mom Liz.

The stroke left Dylan partially paralyzed on his right side, but didn't stop him from becoming a sports fanatic and exceeding expectations on and off the field.

"A non-skilled eye can see he plays baseball with one hand but other than that he does whatever other normal 12-year-old would do and he does most things even better," said Dylan's father Eric.

"His nickname is the vacuum, he plays 1st base and he's a vacuum because he sucks up everything you throw at him, he doesn't miss a ball, he's just that good," his coach Michael Lagana explained.

Never satisfied with good enough, Dylan is constantly striving to get stronger.

He just wrapped up an intensive therapeutic day camp at the Teachers College at Columbia University where he had to keep his left arm in a sling to force him to use his right.

In just three weeks he learned to bounce a basketball with his right hand.

"He's motivated, he takes ownership for his impairments, and really focuses on minimizing them and getting function," said Andrew Gordon, Professor of Movement Science at Teacher's College.

But Dylan's focus goes beyond improving his own game, what he really wants is to help others.

"I want to prove that to all the little kids who want to be, that need motivation, that you can do whatever you want, just put your mind to it," said Dylan.

Up next for Dylan is the 7th grade, where he plans to try out for soccer and basketball.

His ultimate goal? To coach sports one day.

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