Double Amputee Football Star - The Calder Hodge Story

Many kids who love sports growing up dream of playing for their High School team and maybe even continuing on to play in college. Most kids with these dreams aren't like Calder Hodge, who was born without tibia bones and had his legs amputated above the knees when he was 2 and a half. This setback might have stifled the dreams of an ordinary kid, but with unbounded enthusiasm and determination, and the help of prosthetic blades, Calder, now 13, has learned to walk, run and channel his love of football to become a quarterback on his Magnolia, Texas school team.


"Football is the greatest sport ever," he explained. "I can let out energy and I feel normal when I'm playing. I feel like I'm the same as you and the only thing they judge you by on the field is how good you are!"

Calder's parents, Mike and Kayla Hodge, have always encouraged him to do all the things other kids do and to not be limited by thoughts of what he can't do. Calder's football coach, John Tillman, has marveled at his progress over the years. "He didn't come in here knowing how to throw the football," he recalled. "It was a challenge for himself and a challenge for me. He finds a way to do more than kids with legs … way more."

As a developing teenager, there are many challenges ahead for Calder and his family since he will continuously need to upgrade his prosthetics as he grows. He actually needs two sets of prosthetics, one for walking and a set of running blades, but the family's current health insurance only covers one or the other, not both.

Calder is currently fundraising for a new kind of walking prosthetic, but the prosthetics and the surgery are going to cost over $8000, money his parents just don't have. Calder's Gofundme is successful so far but he will need more in order to have the surgery, and learn how to use the legs. These new prosthetics will not only help Calder keep up with other kids his age but make something as simple as crossing a curb or moving from the field to sidewalk easier for him.

With an eye to the future, Calder keeps working and stays positive. He has a dream to one day play for football powerhouse Texas A&M and then go one to be the first double amputee quarterback in NFL history! His drive and enthusiasm have people in Texas rooting for him, including professional and college players who have reached out and offered support.

While blazing a difficult trail, Calder is not one to be shy about what lays ahead. "You can doubt me, you can say all you want to say, but all I'm gonna show you is I'll prove you wrong." Watch out future opponents … it's Game On!

Follow Calder on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/calder_qb7

Donate to Calder's GoFundMe at: https://www.gofundme.com/teamcalder2018

To see more OnlyGood WELLNESS videos, visit us at: http://bit.ly/OnlyGoodTVYTWELLNESS


Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It's a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

Watch an exclusive collection of stories featuring PETS, FAMILY, WELLNESS, and COMMUNITY, including unique series and Live Specials that shine a spotlight on everyday people, making the world a better place. #OGTV

Visit us at: https://www.onlygood.tv/

Like us on OGTV-Hooplaha's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hooplaha/

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlygood.tv/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/onlygoodtv

P.Ink Tattoos Help Survivors Reclaim Their Lives

Please Note: This video has emotional and graphic content. While our intention is to tell a beautiful story, the content - showing mastectomy scars and reconstructed breasts - can make some uncomfortable.

Most of us are either directly impacted or know someone affected by breast cancer. In recognition of this ongoing battle, OnlyGood.tv will be sharing several stories throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to shed light on how individuals and families are coping with this disease.

For some breast cancer survivors, losing their breasts was the only option. For a woman, that is a devastating loss. One tattoo artist is on a mission to help them turn their grief into confidence and hope through beautiful tattoos.

Keep reading... Show less

Goose, Guidance, and Gratitude - Random Acts Of Cooking (E2:P3)

St Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey is devoted to educating young men to help them fulfill their potential. In the final part of this episode of Random Acts of Cooking, Chef Plum and the seven students from the cooking class get to serve and share the fantastic meal they prepared for their mentors, expressing their heartfelt thanks for their love and support that has shaped them from boys to men.

Keep reading... Show less

The Pink Glove Dance - Inspiring Millions Of Breast Cancer Survivors

Tens of thousands of people have put on their active wear and taken part in walks or runs to raise awareness about breast cancer over the years. Medline, a medical supplies company based in Northfield, Illinois, had their own idea. At their 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast, nearly 1,000 operating nurses put on pink gloves and danced their best moves to help take the taboo off the disease, and open up conversations to help both the patient and their families.

Keep reading... Show less

Cooking To Say Thank You - Random Acts Of Cooking (E2:P2)

St Benedict's Prep in Newark, New Jersey is devoted to educating young men to help them fulfill their potential. In Part 2 of this 3 part episode of Random Acts of Cooking, Chef Plum is going to put the potential of seven students to a test that they have never faced - preparing, cooking, and presenting a celebratory meal in honor of their school teachers and mentors.

Keep reading... Show less

How to Reduce Stress In Large Crowds - Beat The Fear With Joe Leonardo (E2)

Giant video display boards, human sized cartoon characters, subway stations, police on horseback, the Naked Cowboy, 42nd Street, massive New Year's Eve celebrations… there's only one Times Square. All this and being in the heart of New York City makes it an exciting destination … unless you have a fear of crowds. In this episode of Beat The Fear, host Joe Leonardo plunges himself into these streets at "the crossroads of the world" to test some techniques for dealing with the stress of being around so many people in such a small space.

Keep reading... Show less

St. Benedict’s Boys Cook to Honor Mentors - Random Acts Of Cooking (E2:P1)

"I've only been good at two things in my life," says Chef Plum, "and that's cooking food and talking". So, what is a Chef to do who has so much love in his heart and wants to share it? In this episode of Random Acts of Cooking, Chef Plum visits St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey where he is connecting with a group of boys in the Culinary Program to guide them through the preparation of a celebratory meal in honor of their school teachers and mentors.

Keep reading... Show less
Series - Caly On The Good

Growing Up, Breaking Through, Recording More - Caly on the Good (E10)

An artist's day to day creative decisions are the jet fuel for the arc of their career - it either launches them up to that next higher level or they only build up enough momentum to drift along. In this episode of Caly On the Good, we see Caly as she wrestles with what her next move should be in order to become more recognized by record labels while still being a voice of positivity and good.

Keep reading... Show less

The Final Countdown – The Creation Of Us (S2:E9)

It's the final countdown! Christen's due date is less than a month away and she and Heather cannot wait to meet their little baby girl. In this episode of The Creation Of Us, the couple will go over their birthing plan and review the steps they need to follow once Christen starts going into labor.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter