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A new biopic based on the story of a one-armed all-star softball player, Katelyn Pavey, recently hit theaters, and the athlete hopes her story will help others realize they can do anything with Christ. According to a description of the movie, the film follows Pavey’s incredible journey of “triumph with plenty of ‘I Can’ perseverance, her family’s love, and lots of God’s grace.”

The film’s trailer has already been viewed almost 2 million times, and the Christian athlete born with half a left arm says she wants to inspire people with her faith and ability. Pavey told The Christian Post, “Life is not always easy, but my faith in God carried me through. I hope moviegoers take away that you have a purpose and God has plans for you and will guide you through whatever you do in life.”

The Kentucky Christian University player said she inspires people to use others’ doubts about their abilities as motivation to get where God wants to take them. She said, “Overcoming adversity is a mindset, and you need to set goals and work hard to achieve those goals. Use the doubts from people who tell you that you can’t as fuel to get better. If I can do it, you can do it also. I have one arm and became a college All-American. I want people to know that God gave me the platform and the ability to play a sport I love, and they also have the ability to do what they want to, with God by their side.”

Pavey said the movie’s release “felt surreal,” adding, “I never really thought I had a story to tell, but now that it’s made, I’m a bit nervous but excited to have the movie reach kids and people that have been told they can’t.” The movie not only shares Pavey’s incredible story but also gives viewers a look into her family’s struggles. The film’s director, Tyler Sansom, who’s also the family’s pastor, said he’s known the Paveys for over a decade and has wanted to share their story with the world for some time.

The lead pastor of Church Anywhere said he was told “No” several times before the Paveys decided to share their journey with audiences across the U.S. Sansom told The Christian Post, “Katelyn, I’ve played pickup basketball with her in the past; I knew she was a phenomenal athlete. In my mind, I thought that’s a great story; let’s tell that story. But when I found out the mom and dad part of it, I knew there was something deeper there that could relate to a lot of different people.”

The Paveys had first to share their struggles with Katelyn and her sisters before they were okay with their pastor making the film. Samson revealed, “It relates universally. We may not have a daughter that has one arm — many people don’t have that — but every person has something from their past that they have guilt and shame for. We’ve all done something in our past that we’re not proud of, and I’m excited for people to hear that with God, they can overcome that. In fact, not only will you overcome it, but He will use it for His kingdom. He loves taking stuff from your past, redeeming them, and then using it in the future.”

I Can” has already won awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor at the Florida Faith and Family Film Festival. For more information, visit the film’s website.

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