Basketball hero: No fingers, no problem

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(WAND) “No Excuses.”

It’s not just a t-shirt slogan to Illinois high school sophomore Irina Yeakley — it’s a bona fide lifestyle.

Yeakley suits up for the Decatur Christian Warriors despite having deformed and missing fingers, plus a prosthetic leg that she custom-designed with Harry Potter slogans and insignia.

Despite the physical differences between her and her opponents, she not only shows up — she’s the Warriors’ best player.

“I just work hard and I don’t act like I have a disability,” Yeakley said. “I don’t feel sorry for myself either because I’ve worked hard to (get) where I am.”

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at Fort Wayne's NBC. She also serves as the weekend producer on NBC.

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