Paralyzed Teen Receives National Soccer Honor

YORK, SC. — A York County teenager, paralyzed from the chest down following a jet ski accident, is inspiring others. She just received a national soccer honor.

Bright yellow sunflowers can be found all over the Woodhead house, even in their neighborhood. They’re McKenna Woodhead’s favorite flower, they represent being sunny and positive.

“While you’re going through the hardships to like know that positive things come out of them if you stay positive,” says McKenna.

On June 25th, 2018 McKenna was jet skiing with friends on Lake Wylie. Then she had an accident. McKenna broke her neck,  paralyzed from the chest down. She was in the hospital for two months, and now in a wheelchair.

“I was really sad. Like, I like knew I couldn’t do all the things I could before.”

Like playing soccer for the Carolina Rapids. McKenna has worked hard to get stronger, doing physical and occupational therapy. Her teammates were inspired by her strength. They nominated her for the United States Woman’s National Soccer Team SheBelieves honor. It’s given to someone who inspires and empowers their community. McKenna, won.

She went to Nashville on March 2nd. She watched the U.S. Women’s National team play. Now she’s home, ready to keep fighting.

“You don’t know how much you can actually do, until you do it. You have to work hard for.”