Wheelchair tennis player inspires

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Lauren Haneke-Hopps keeps going despite a condition called sacral agenesis, a congenital disorder that occurs in approximately one in every 25,000 live births.

Four years ago the high school junior picked up a tennis racquet and hasn't stopped playing since.

"I thought at first wheelchair sports were a little weird," said Haneke-Hopps. "My adaptive coached opened me up to the idea of it and I went out and I tried it and I fell in love with it."

During the school year, Lauren plays on Patrick Henry's able body JV tennis team. She also competes with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and United States Tennis Association. Just last month she won both the Women's A singles and Women's A Doubles Championship in Arizona. The 17-year-old admits, however, the game does not always come easy.

"Just getting to the ball and having your racket ready was a really hard challenge for me," added Lauren. After a while you pick it up and it gets easier."

While inspiring others, Lauren also gained a really big fan -- former NBA Hall of Famer, Bill Walton. If you are inspired by Lauren's story and want to support her tennis dreams head to GoFundMe.com/Laurentennis.

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