Landis Sims, a 16-year-old from Indiana, was born with a quad-congenital limb deficiency, which means he is missing both of his hands and feet, but that never stopped him from achieving his dreams.
Ever since he was a young boy, Sims had a love for baseball.
With guidance from Major League Baseball players such as pitcher Joe Musgrove, Manager Joe Girardi, Alex Rodriguez, and former infielder Hernan Iribarren, Sims achieved his goal of making the South Central High School varsity baseball team.
These players, along with his mom and family, continue to play a pivotal role in his development, not only as a baseball player, but as someone who others can look up to.
“I went and did a couple workouts with [Musgrove], he kind of prepared me for the high school season and stuff. It’s been great to kind of have a guy that I can send a text to after I have a bad practice or a bad game to talk me through how to rebound and get back from it,” Sims told PEOPLE. “So that’s been pretty big for me, just on the mental side of everything.”
The Yankees fan is now using his mentors’ guidance as a way to pay it forward to other young athletes like him who have limb differences.
This summer, Sims is teaming up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to mentor fellow athletes like him and give out grants to local children with physical differences. They are also putting on an Össur Prosthetics Running Clinic, and Sims throw out the first pitch at multiple stadiums.
“I was in the shoes of those kids that are gonna get the grants,” Sims told PEOPLE. “I was there, I was the one getting the grants presented to me in cool places like that. So now that I get to be the one that hands them, the giant check [or grant], is pretty big for me.”
Sims shares his inspiring story in his new film “Just Watch Me,” which you can now watch on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, ATT-U-Verse, Comcast / Xfinity, Cox, Dish, Direct-TV, Google Play, Sling, Spectrum and Verizon Fios.
Watch the trailer in the video below:Whizzco