RICHMOND, Texas– Finding a way has always been Clay Watson’s motto. Born without a left forearm and left hand, the George Ranch High School junior learned to be independent at an early age. Daily activities like tying his shoes became routine for Clay. He wouldn’t let any limitation slow him down, and that includes sport.
Clay played football and basketball from an early age. In seventh grade, he surprised his mother by telling her he was testing for the tennis team. She said, “Good luck, do you have a bat?” Clay made this team and has never looked back.
His serve is both unique and powerful. Seeing it is amazing and inspiring. “I definitely like inspiring people, even with simple tasks like tying shoelaces and other daily tasks that you would think amputees couldn’t do. It’s great to know that I can inspire others through my tennis or just with them. Always keep an open mind. Remember, there’s always a way to get it done.
Clay recently met 5-year-old Aubrey, who was also born with a congenital amputation. Aubrey wants to be a tennis player like Clay. The two teamed up with Aubrey and got a lesson on how to hold and serve the bat from Clay. The two inspire each other.