AMHERST, N.Y. -- If you thought an athlete with a physical challenge is any less aggressive or less competitive than your ordinary star athlete, think again.
"In the future I hope to win a gold medal in team USA, and this weekend we hope to win the championship," said 15-year-old Nathan Bryant.
Bryant has a mild form of cerebral palsy, which cause his ankles to be weak, so he plays sled hockey.He and around 1,000 other hockey players participated in this weekend's Disabled Hockey Festival at the Northtown Center. It featured more than 70 teams from around the country.
The festival celebrates just how much a person's athleticism does NOT have to do with his or her ability to stand on two feet.
Whether sled hockey or standing hockey, these hundreds and hundreds of athletes come to Western New York because they love to play the sport regardless of their physical limitations.