Thursday, June 17, 2010
The following is copied from http://www.timhowardstory.com/about.htm
"Tim Howard was born on March 6, 1979, in North Brunswick, New Jersey. His hometown is located within an hour or so from Kearny— the unofficial soccer capitol of the Garden State—and Giants Stadium, where international superstars like Pele and Giorgio Chinaglia were busy creating an audience for the sport when Tim came into the world.
As a child I saw peace in my grandmother's life. Nana's sense of peace was so powerful because it came from her faith in the Lord. Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn't long before I was following in her footsteps. I wanted the same kind of faith and peace she had, and that is exactly what God gave me.
At age ten, I was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by physical and verbal tics. Living with Tourette's is not easy. But God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well. He has done some powerful things in my life through the combination of these two gifts. Not only has He helped me earn a position with Manchester United; He also has shown me ways to use my position as a professional athlete to encourage others with Tourette's syndrome.
Today, I am blessed to be living a dream. And yet, if it all went away tomorrow, I know I would still have peace. That probably sounds crazy to most people, but that's the kind of peace Christ gives. It is rooted in His love, and it surpasses all understanding. You can experience this same sense of love and peace too. All you have to do is ask for it."