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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Ten-year old Zach Vaughn likes a lot of things about basketball.

"I like dribbling, passing and shooting," he said.

But the best part?

"I get to hang out with my friends," he said.

Zach's parents learned he would be a little person when he was 2 or 3 months old.

"We were pretty shocked," dad Brian said.

"There was a lot of learning for me," mom Karen said.

A lot of learning for mom, even though she had previously spent years working with disabled kids in the San Diego Unified School District. Her little boy has given her a big opportunity.

"I enjoy teaching others about the disability… so that way there's more acceptance," Karen said.

"There's a lot more acceptance, people are more tolerant if you will," Brian said.

Zach says two things are key to being a good basketball player.

"You have to have a good arm and fast legs," he said.

And don't think the length of his legs slows him down.

"You can still run fast with short legs," he said.

For dad, bringing up a little person has unique challenges.

"I think Zach has been a trooper, having to struggle with those little things," Brian said.

And it has unique rewards that average parents don't experience.

"That's been the most rewarding thing, is seeing him adapt and adjust to his situation," Brian said.

Some of the footage used in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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