Hi everyone! Some of you may have seen this article on CentralJersey.com last week that talked about “a mother’s connection between her children and a soccer legend.” I just wanted to share with you the e-mail my mom sent the reporter that led to the wonderful story. I hope you enjoy it!
I know you saw me in the emotional place of just having seen my children beautifully described in a national book, but bringing it home and quietly having the time to read Tim Howard’s book has been a very rewarding experience. Of course it’s a story of his life in the world soccer stage, but I know that very close to his heart is Tourette/OCD advocacy.
He describes extremely well what it feels like to have tics, sensory issues and compulsions — something that so few people understand. He also describes his own evolution as a TS advocate and wanting to keep that cause central to his work and how that advocacy grounds him.
It started with contacting the amazing and wonderful Faith Rice (the director of the NJCTS) many years ago, and continued with winning a $50,000 Pepsico grant to support programs for kids with TS (which has ultimately led to the development of the unique and extraordinary Tim Howard Academy – http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/outreach/caring-communities/2014/07/17/us-goalie-tim-howard-gives-face-tourette-syndrome/12795993/ and http://news.rutgers.edu/feature/world-cup-superstar-tim-howard-inspires-tourette-syndrome-program-making-debut-rutgers/20140720#.VI7ITNxb474), and also joining the NJCTS board of directors so that he can help very directly.
It’s been 3 years since our trip to the UK to meet Tim Howard. Today, Tess is 15, and is homeschooled; Paige is 11 and attending public school and is thriving. In many ways our trip to meet Tim Howard (and his mom, who is lovely, too) still looms large in our lives.