KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Following the match between the Kansas City Current and North Carolina Courage, a young fan was able to meet Courage defender Carson Pickett, who was born with the same limb difference as he was.
Hudson is a soccer fan who was born without his left forearm, just like Pickett. When he saw her debut with the United States women’s national team earlier this year, he knew he wanted to meet her.
Pickett became the first player in history to play for the USWNT with a limb difference on June 28 against Colombia.
Hudson reached out to the Current through Variety KC, in hopes of meeting her when the Courage paid a visit to Children’s Mercy Park.
“He was born missing just past his left elbow, so he was just born with a limb difference,” said Hudson’s dad, Nick Borton. “He’s able to do anything.”
But not even the athlete who can do anything expected to do this.
“I got to watch the Current game and see a player who looks just like me play soccer,” Hudson said. “ I was really nervous [to meet her], but it was pretty cool.”
Pickett calls it an incredible opportunity and says she does not take things like this lightly.
“He’s so sweet, and his family was awesome,” Pickett said. “It was just nice to sit there and talk to him like a normal person, and kind of feel like we have that bond without even talking about our arms.”
The Current got the 3-2 victory, but Hudson won the night.
“[Hudson,] follow your dreams,” Pickett said. “My dad always says, ‘Never let anyone turn your sky into a ceiling.”
Pickett was drafted by the OL Reign as the fourth overall pick in 2016 out of Florida State. In her career, she’s played for the Orlando Pride, spent a few seasons on loan with the Brisbane Roar in Australia and Apollon Ladies in Cyprus, before joining the Courage.
In 2020, she teamed up with Nike to create the Phantom GT soccer cleat, a laceless option to help those born with limb differences.