|Amazing amputee soccer players at playing at Red Bull Arena. If you ever have a reason for not going to soccer practice or not doing something you’re afraid of, just take a look at some of these pictures of amputee soccer players. The fact that we have two arms and two legs and hold back at times, not making that extra effort or run, and then to look at some of these soccer players, it really inspires you to hold your head and chest up high and challenge yourself.
It also makes me think of Dario Silva, who lost his leg in an auto accident and now wants to be an Olympic rower. I think it just makes you realize you can’t take things for granted and, in a sense don’t feel sorry for yourself, there’s always someone else who has it harder.
‘Being with my kids. I really enjoy spending time with them, for example at the weekends. After the accident happened, I felt really bad as Diego, my youngest, would never get the chance to see me in a ‘big stadium’, as he used to call it. That’s never going to happen now, and it’s a regret I’m going to have for the rest of my life. In time though, he’ll grow up and come to understand why I couldn’t keep that promise. He’ll be able to draw his own conclusions.’
“Amputee football shows love, peace, and unity to the international world. I got my problem during the civil war [in Sierra Leone], so that’s why we came together to start our team — to show the international people that we are the ambassadors of peace. No matter how you are in the world, you have to do something with your life.” — Mohamed Jalloh, 21.
Learn more at the Amputee Soccer Association: www.ampsoccer.org
Amputee Soccer History
Myth and Legend says that back in the old days, circa 1980, an amputee named Don Bennett was walking from his home to his car in Seattle, Washington, USA.
As he approached the car a basketball came rolling down the driveway from the garage. Rather than calling to the kids to come get the ball, he simply raised up on his crutches and kicked the ball back. It was a deceptively simple beginning to what’s becoming a world-wide international sport.
A couple of years after the basketball incident, Bill Barry, a soccer coach with Canadian and US pro team experience, became the coach of a team under the Seattle Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association (SHSRA). He eventually established Amputee Soccer International.
So wether you’re one-legged or one-armed, male or female, young or “mature,” competitive or recreationally inclined – we have a place for you. Visit their site for more details: Amputee Soccer Association
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