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You Won't Believe What Makes USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard a True Hero

Chris Bahr

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard is a role model to young soccer fans for his superhuman performances on the pitch. But atop all of his fantastic World Cup performances is his humanitarian work, which is motivated by the disorder he was diagnosed with when he was in sixth grade.

His effort to increase awareness of Tourette Syndrome and his support of the TS community are what really make Howard an American hero.

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  • Jelena Woehr

    Love the example he's setting! It's great to see that he's open to talking about this, too. There was a time when a professional athlete would have had to hide something like this for his image, rather than seeing it actually HELP his image.

    One suggestion: Many people who are neurodivergent feel that their differences empower them and any barriers they face are social rather than a result of their condition, so I would hesitate to say that he succeeds in "spite" of his condition. Here's a resource on person-first language that I like to refer to when writing about people with disabilities and people who are neurodivergent:

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    This is sweet. Hadn't seen the site before. Totally awesome on all counts.

  • niujr2013

    Awesome post on the triumph of an American soccer legend and how his work off the pitch is meaningful.