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No limits: Teen refuses to "take my circumstances"

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Connor McHugh, 13, of Wheaton encourages sprinters while helping the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville. During the fall, Connor serves as an assistant football coach at his school, St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton.

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Jim Hickey, head coach of the St. Michael football team, calls Connor McHugh, 13, the most organized and energetic coach he's had on staff in 10 years.

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Connor McHugh works with Adam Ferguson to coach the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.

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Connor McHugh, left, encourages Alex Starke of Wheaton as he does his sprints for the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.

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Connor McHugh aspires to be a history teacher and a football coach when he grows up.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Connor McHugh encourages sprinters as he helps out the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Jim Hickey, head coach of the St. Michael football team, calls Connor McHugh, 13, the most organized and energetic coach he's had on staff in 10 years.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Connor McHugh, an eighth-grader at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton, refuses to let the circumstances of his birth define him. Born with no arms and underdeveloped legs, Connor hasn't let it stop him from becoming a coach for his school's football team. In January, he received the Inspirational Athlete award at the 2013 Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards.
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    • Connor McHugh, 13, of Wheaton encourages sprinters while helping the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville. During the fall, Connor serves as an assistant football coach at his school, St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton.
    •  Jim Hickey, head coach of the St. Michael football team, calls Connor McHugh, 13, the most organized and energetic coach hes had on staff in 10 years.
    •  Connor McHugh works with Adam Ferguson to coach the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.
    •  Connor McHugh, left, encourages Alex Starke of Wheaton as he does his sprints for the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.
    •  Connor McHugh aspires to be a history teacher and a football coach when he grows up.
    •  Connor McHugh encourages sprinters as he helps out the Special Olympics basketball and track teams at Hubble Middle School in Warrenville.
    •  Jim Hickey, head coach of the St. Michael football team, calls Connor McHugh, 13, the most organized and energetic coach hes had on staff in 10 years.
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