This summer he was invited for the second time to play rugby at the prestigious Sharks Academy in Durban, South Africa. It's an experience only a select few will ever enjoy.
"Rugby is a lot like life," Andre Volsdeedt, the strength and conditioning manager for Sharks Academy, said. "It's all about discipline, dedication and commitment. We always try to get better than the day before and it is always exactly the same."
For the young man who has come so far, it's more than the dream of a lifetime. As it opened the eyes of South Africa to its own possibilities, rugby has opened Arnold Chavis' eyes to possibilities he could never have dreamed.
"Arnold is a prime example of it, that if you struggle and you're prepared to work hard, you can get out of your circumstances. The person he was three years ago and the person he is today is totally different. He's grown up so much, especially as a player and as a man," Volsdeedt said.
Chavis's goals on the field are showing him the way to goals in life.
"Just keep pushing yourself to be somebody," he said. "That's the goal in everybody's life, to be somebody. And if you're coming from nothing, just like me, you can go out there and be somebody."
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