By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY – WEAU Channel 13’s reporter, Jenn Chapman was at the boys’ basketball game with video camera in hand last Tuesday, February 18 to film Marcus Kadinger who was named the Athlete of the Week.
To those who have watched the young man grow up over the years, play sports and go about daily life, Marcus looks like any other kid in their eyes.
However, to the those that meet Marcus for the first time, such as Miss Chapman who noticed Kadinger this fall during football, they will notice that he has just one hand.
WEAU interviewed Marcus about his “disability”, which he calls his motivation.
“You really can do anything if you set your mind to it,” is the message Kadinger shared.
Marcus was born with one hand and growing up, he was taught how to live life as if he had two with the support and care of his parents, Mike and Jodi Kadinger.
His dedication, confidence and natural talent has allowed Marcus to become an incredible athlete in baseball, football and especially basketball.
Basketball coach, Tristan Kittilson praised Kadinger for being a terrific athlete, a great student and an even better kid.
Kadinger has been a driving force on the Topper team this season. He continues to be one of the top rebounders and offensive assistants.
He has a 10.3 points per game average with 217 points scored out of 21 games played.
Aside from on the court, Kadinger was also a part of the state championship football team as a sophomore and then again this past fall when the team finished as runner-up.
“I’m honored to be named WEAU Channel 13’s Athlete of the Week. Thanks to my teammates, coaches and friends who’ve supported me throughout the years. So blessed,” exclaimed Marcus.