Carson Pickett, a soccer player for Orlando Pride, recently took a picture with a young fan and the heartwarming photo went viral. Her fan was 22-month old old Joseph Tidd and he shares something in common with the professional athlete; they were both born with one hand.
Carson Pickett is one of the best defenders in the US National Women’s Soccer League despite being born with what some would label a “disability”. She hasn’t let this – or anything – stop her from doing what she loves and doing it well. The 25 year old has quickly risen to fame in the game she loves.
While Carson doesn’t let her “one-handedness” define her, she understands the importance of her role in sports; She’s more than a role model. The image of Carson in her jersey, striking the ball with power, owning the field is a call to action for every child born with a disability: Go for the goal.
“I have the ability to impact a lot of people,” Pickett told the Guardian. “My parents tell me all the time to use the platform God gave me. I can use my arm for something greater than myself. I’m able to impact so many kids and people who may not see a way out. It doesn’t have to impact them through soccer. To see that I am succeeding in life and happy in life can go a long way for some people.”
Kids like Joseph Tidd.
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Carson met her tiny fan in April 2019. Joseph’s father, Miles Tidd, shared about his son’s unforgettable moment meeting his hero.
“Carson knelt down next to Joseph and showed him her arm,” Miles told Today. “It was this instant bond we can’t begin to understand.”
In Carson’s interview with The Guardian last year, she said she wants to use the platform God gave her to change how people view those who are born without limbs.
Praise God for athletes like Carson Pickett! We pray the Lord continues to use this amazing woman of God to show the world that He gives us capacity to do big and great things, no matter what.