• The Chelsea captain invited a young fan with a disability out to an ICC match, lifting him up at a time of doubt.
By The SI Staff
August 02, 2016

Dawson Riverman is a 14-year-old goalkeeper from Oregon. 

Riverman has been playing soccer since he was 9, and he was drawn to goalkeeping, because he loved the feeling of saving the day for his team. 

Riverman is not your average goalkeeper, though. Born without fingers on his left hand, he's been playing with a 3D-printed prosthetic, something that he feels has become more demoralizing and discouraging as he has gotten older. Chelsea captain John Terry caught wind of Riverman's story and set out to surprise him, sending him a video and flying him out to Chelsea match vs. Liverpool in the International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. 

Riverman met Terry and other Chelsea players on the Rose Bowl field after the game, and he had an improved outlook to take home with him (in addition to some game-worn memorabilia).

"There's been a lot of struggles through my journey, but him helping me gave me confidence that no matter how different you are from other people, you can do the things you love and accomplish your dreams," Riverman said. 

Watch their interaction and learn more about Riverman's story in the video above. 


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