One-Handed Basketball Player Inspiring Others On And Off The Court

A one-armed basketball player at Seneca Valley Senior High School is inspiring people on and off the court. KDKA's Rich Walsh has Sydney Ring's story.

Video Transcript

- High school sports has long had the reputation for instilling work ethic and building character at a young age.

- And perhaps no one exemplifies those traits more than a certain Seneca Valley girl's basketball player. Rich Walsh has that story now, new at 6:00.

RICH WALSH: Every high school basketball season brings memorable players and moments. And this year is no different. Especially up at Seneca Valley, where one girl is inspiring an entire community.


RICH WALSH (VOICEOVER): Like many kids, Sydney Ring started playing basketball at a young age. But unlike most, she did so with just one hand. A congenital birth defect left Sydney without an appendage below her left wrist.

CHERYL RING: This has been her life. This is the only way that she knows. When something like that happens, sometimes I think it's real easy to go to all the things that your child's not going to be able to do. And it's more difficult to focus on the things that they are able to accomplish.

RICH WALSH (VOICEOVER): The Ring family focused on the latter, and today Sydney is a sharpshooting junior at Seneca Valley.

- --for number 30, Syndey Ring.

RICH WALSH (VOICEOVER): Sydney actually credits her quote, "disability" for her fluid shot.

SYDNEY RING: I think for a lot of kids they push it like this. But for me, because it's so steady already, I had to learn to shoot regularly. When I was little that's the only way I knew how to shoot.

RICH WALSH (VOICEOVER): And that shot is opening up eyes in the North Hills, both on the court and in the stands.

CHERYL RING: When they're playing against other teams and you can hear other parents. They'll watch up to half time or sometimes third or fourth quarter, and all of a sudden one will be like, oh my gosh that girl only has one hand.

DOROTHEA EPPS: She's amazing. She's absolutely amazing. She has never once used her arm as an excuse.

RICH WALSH (VOICEOVER): That no-excuses attitude has made Sydney a starter on the basketball court and will likely shoot her very well for years to come.

SYDNEY RING: Sports had made me realize you have to work hard, everything that you do, because then you'll get what you want.

CHERYL RING: It makes your heart proud to, you know, for any parents-- your child progress like that. But with the circumstances being the way they are, it's-- makes me very proud as a mom.