At the age of six, Hansel Emmanuel Donato Domínguez had his left arm amputated after a wall collapsed. He was trapped under the rubble for almost two hours until his father, a former professional basketball player, rescued him.
Today, 11 years later, Donato Domínguez miraculously follows in his father’s athletic footsteps. The Dominican Republic 6-to-5 player won his first NCAA Division I scholarship offer from the state of Tennessee on Thursday, an HBCU.
“Glad to receive my first D1 offer from Tennessee State University,” 17-year-old Donato Domínguez told his 596,000 Instagram followers on Thursday. “Thank you for believing in my talents.”
The state of Tennessee could potentially equip itself with a sparkling talent.
Despite having only one arm, Donato Domínguez can dunk defenders, scratch them off their shoes, or splash three-point shots in the face with ease.
Donato Domínguez moved to the United States in late 2020 to play basketball at Life Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida. It was the continuation of a journey that Hansel Salvador Donato, Emmanuel’s father, will never forget.
“My life fell apart when Hansel’s accident happened,” the father told the Orlando Sentinel. “I was the one with him and when they had to amputate his arm I felt like it was all over. But God grabbed us and led us down this path. You remember everything. [from the accident] because a blow like this is not forgotten, so quickly regardless of all that it accomplishes, thank God. ”
Faith is an integral part of the Domínguez family, so much so that Donato Domínguez allegedly asked Life Christian for No. 7 to thank God for his skills. The Academy eventually gave Donato Domínguez No.4, but that didn’t stop him from sharing the message – just as the loss of his arm didn’t stop his sporting dreams.
“God always has a purpose,” Donato Domínguez told the Orlando Sentinel. “I live His mission, what He wants me to do in this life. Everything I do, I do with God first and for my family, they are everything. [to me]. ”