Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story | 2012

Sports, Documentary
The life story of Kevin Laue, first Division 1 college basketball player to play with a handicap is recounted.
Director: Franklin Martin
Writers: Franklin Martin
Stars: Kevin Laue


... Himself



Production Company


Kevin Laue began fighting for his life before he was even born. With his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck in the womb, Kevin fought back using his arm as a shield. Due to a lack of circulation from the cord, he was born with an arm that ended just below the elbow. Kevin's father, a former athlete and demanding youth coach for his son's teams, had great difficulty accepting Kevin's disability. Four years later, his father died of cancer and Kevin became determined to carry on his family's name and make his father proud by proving that he could be a success-not only in life, but in basketball. By the time Kevin reached the seventh grade, he was 6' 9"; but still unable to make any of the local teams in upscale Pleasanton, California. Distraught by the treatment of her son by the local community, Kevin's mother crossed the tracks to beg the rival high school coach for help. This began a five-year love affair between a black, cross-town rival coach and a white, preppy one-armed basketball player. By the time Kevin was in high school, he was 6' 11" and his work with Coach McKnight began to pay off. His dreams grew bigger and he began to talk of playing Division One college basketball. A serendipitous meeting at an AAU event with opposing coach and filmmaker, Franklin Martin, led to the inception of Long Shot. Over the next four years, Martin chronicled the day-to-day struggles of a teenage boy coming to terms with his need for his deceased father's approval by pursuing his seemingly impossible dream of becoming the first one-armed player in the history of college basketball.