Kickass Kid of the Day

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Tom Schaar -- a skateboarding prodigy at the tender age of 12 -- recently landed the world's first 1080-degree spin, which subsequently landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now he's made history a second time, becoming the youngest X Games gold medalist ever with top honors in the Mini MegaRamp event.

"I tried the 1080 once before the contest and then three or four times during the contest and was stoked to get it," Schaar said. "I'm just excited to be here and be skating with all of these pros that I've looked up to. It's the best feeling!"

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Coleman Shannon was born with a medical condition known as Amelia, in which his right arm ends at the elbow. But no matter -- the 14-year-old star of his local Little League team recently pitched a no-hitter.

"I'm the leader of the game," Shannon said. "I've got a bunch of people to back me up and that's the way the game is supposed to be played."

Shannon's parents said when they first tried to get him to use a prosthetic arm as a toddler, he hid the artificial limb and refused to use it because he didn't think he needed it.

"I can say that probably 999 out of 1,000 that have a physical impairment like he does would have never even given themselves a chance and continued to go out there and play," said Kyle Daniel, Shannon's coach. "But he's that exception. ... When you think about what he's been through and how much it's taken him just to get to this point, when he went out and threw the no-hitter, it was just a cheerful time for everyone."

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Ethan, a 6-year-old on the autism spectrum who plays piano by ear, channels Billy Joel to kick off the weekend. (Don't miss the rest of his performances, which can be found here.)

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Follow-Up of the Day: Caine's Arcade Gets a Real Pinball Machine

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The incredible story of Caine's Arcade just keeps getting better.

After his cardboard arcade became THE hot spot in East L.A., 9-year-old Caine Monroy was invited to visit pinball shop Pins and Needles, where owner Molly introduced him to pro flipper -- and world champ -- Keith Elwin. Then, she offered him his choice of vintage pinball machines, valued at up to $3,000, to round out his business. (Caine has yet to decide which machine to call his own.)

Meanwhile, donors around the world have pledged more than $100,000 for Caine's Scholarship Fund, announced just three days ago by filmmaker Nirvan Mullick to help send Caine to college.

Finally, the Caine's Arcade Facebook page has two intriguing announcements: Official T-shirts are in the works (so don't be fooled by knockoffs), and the Caine's Arcade Theme Song is available for download, with 100 percent of profits going toward the Scholarship Fund.

Hooray!

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A pickup game between UNC players and fans gets competitive when 8-year-old Addis Cone decides to bring the heat. Kid's got skills.

(Be sure to skip to the 3-minute mark.)

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A chance encounter with 9-year-old Caine Monroy and his meticulously crafted cardboard arcade inspired filmmaker Nirvan Mullick -- his first and only "customer" -- to start a Facebook page, invite all of L.A., and make Caine's day.

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A preciously courageous 4th grader named Zia attempts the 65-meter ski jump at Utah Olympic Park for the very first time.

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