NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The human spirit is perhaps one of the strongest powers in the world. For one young Tigers’ fan he was able to show the football team just how strong a young boy’s human spirit could be.
Ty’Carien Young was born with a bracial plexus injury; normally found in newborns and injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. The injury left the now 9-year-old boy’s arm numb but that hasn’t stopped him from being active as much as possible.
“I just know I love football,” said Ty’Carien about his favorite pastime. “It was even more fun this year because we made it to the championship.”
This year Ty’Carien was even named the Defensive Player of the Year for his team the Southside Wildcats out of Memphis.
“I love his resolve, his disabilities never stop him from doing anything,” said Ty’Carien’s mother Brecarga Carver-Young, a 2003 TSU graduate.
So when Ty’Carien’s family set out to attend the homecoming festivities at Tennessee State Carver-Young knew her son was in for an exciting experience.
What she didn’t know is how special the day turned out to be as several Big Blue players made it a point of emphasis to stop and talk with her son and pose for pictures.
That moment made young Ty’Carien’s day and gave him some extra talking points at the homecoming game that Saturday.
“I kept telling my grandma ‘I know them I took a picture with them,’” said Ty’Carien.
Head coach Rod Reed believes opportunities like this not only help the community but develop his players beyond the playing field.
“Anytime we get an opportunity to give back to the community in that manner we think it’s incumbent on us to be able to do something,” Reed said on the opportunity. “We want to show our players something other than football so when they leave here they can contribute to society in a positive manner.”