As an amputee who rose to become a successful wrestler and compete in the brutal, take-no-prisoners world of mixed martial arts, Kyle Maynard is used to overcoming odds.
Tonight, ESPN2 will air “A Fighting Chance,” an hourlong documentary that marks another unlikely success in his life. The film was made on the cheap by Maynard and two friends who had faith in the project despite their lack of experience as filmmakers.
A chance meeting with sports businessman Ted Leonsis, who Kyle impressed over lunch by sending texts on his Blackberry with no hands, led to Leonsis’ producing credit and the ESPN slot.
WATCH the video trailer below, and read an interview with Kyle in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Maynard’s book, published in 2005, is called, No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life.