When 21-month-old Joseph Tidd met professional soccer player Carson Pickett it was more than just a fun, fan-friendly gametime greeting.
The toddler, who was born without a left forearm or hand, got some serious inspiration from the athlete—and the pics show just how magical the moment was! Pickett, who was also born without a left forearm and hand, is a pro player for the Orlando Pride. During a recent game, Joseph got the chance to fist bump his new role model.
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Staying up late this weekend was worth it when you get to cheer on @carson.pickett ! ⚽️ I love fist bumping her.🤜 If you can't tell she makes me smile, double chin and all! . . . Swipe ➡️ to see how big my smile gets after I fist bumped her. I couldn't stop giggling! 😁 Carson is such a great role model. . . . #orlandopride #nwsl #biggerthansoccer #filledwithpride #luckyfinfamily #luckyfinproject #limbdifferenceawareness #16 #orlando #fistbump #doublechin #giggling #smile #grateful #stayinguplate #toddler #cheerleader #tenfingersareoverrated #orlandocity #orlandocitysoccer #rolemodel #soccer #unstoppable
Joseph’s dad, Miles Tidd, told Today, “Carson knelt down next to Joseph and showed him her arm. It was this instant bond we can’t begin to understand.” He also added, “Carson believes she can do anything, and that is the mindset we want Joseph to have as well.”
This isn’t the first time the soccer star and the toddler have met. Pickett posted a pic of the two on Instagram last spring, captioning it, “Soccer means the world to me, but the platform that soccer provides me for things like this takes the cake. Joseph, you’re my new hero for life.”
Featured photo: Joseph Tidd via Instagram