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Young Achiever's Spotlight

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TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- There's a student here in Cenla whose athletic career began when she turned her disability into an ability. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to a Tioga High School softball player that has overcome the odds in this week's 'Young Achiever's Spotlight.'

Brooke Adams has one true love in life...softball.

"It's my life. It's what I've done since I was five. It's my favorite thing to do," says Adams.

But it hasn't been an easy road for this 17 year old athlete. Brooke was born with a club foot. Doctors told her parents that she wouldn't live a normal life when it came to physical activity.

"When I was younger they were like she's not going to be able to play sports or run or anything like that. But. I've kind of pushed through it and I've played softball since I was five."

But after several surgeries, and months spent in casts and braces when she was younger, Brooke overcame the odds and pushed through...and she's been playing softball for more than a decade.

"I remember being young and being in pain and just being like...I don't care because this is what I love doing."

Even through all the pain she has endured, Brooke's time spent playing softball is filled with a multitude of memories.

"That's how you make your best friends when you play softball, because you see them almost everyday for practice. You see them on the weekend and stuff for games and they just become like your best friends."

And also a few honors...like being recognized last season as a top player for her outstanding batting average.

Brooke is now a senior at Tioga High School, where she will soon begin her last year of softball.

"Some would look at me I guess and think oh she can't do it, but I can because I push myself to do it. I want to do it and when I do something I do it."

It's also a time for the young achiever to reflect on all that her love of softball has taught her throughout the years, and throughout the pain.

"I feel really good about myself. I feel like I can push myself to do bigger and better things," adds Adams.

Adams hopes to continue her softball career in college-- she plans to walk on at tryouts next year and says she would one day love to play professional softball.

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