7-year-old with one arm sets sights on soccer

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Amelia Baskin plays the defender position against Britten Newton in an Optimist League soccer match at Shaffner Park. (Credit: BRUCE CHAPMAN/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Amelia Baskin loves everything about soccer. That’s why she begged her mother to let her join a league last fall.

Now, the game is one of the many activities that 7-year-old Amelia, who was born without a right arm, is learning to master.

“I first started her in soccer at the YMCA when she was 3 or 4, but it really didn’t take,” said Jeanine Baskin, who adopted Amelia from China in 2006, after earlier adopting Chloe, now 11.

“She didn’t play for a couple of years, but she wanted to play so bad, so I signed her up last fall.”

Baskin, a single mother and a nurse in Forsyth Medical Center’s critical-care unit, said there has been no obstacle Amelia hasn’t been able to overcome.

“She’s never been afraid to try anything, and no matter the situation she’s put in, she finds a way,” Baskin said.

This article was written by John Dell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.