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Tim Howard gives advice to younger self, those affected by Tourette Syndrome

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – When he’s not manning the net for the Colorado Rapids, goalkeeper Tim Howard spends a good portion of his time advocating for those with Tourette syndrome.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Howard, along with several other celebrities and mental health champions participated in the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign.

As part of the campaign, Howard shared a video in which he gives advice to his younger self.

In the video, he says, “Stay the course, surround yourself with great people – people who believe in you, love you for who you are and allow you to express yourself in whatever way you feel fit. I would also encourage my younger self to not be bogged down with stereotypes. When I was a kid, I wondered if I was going to be able to date or drive a car, and all these things seem silly now, but at the time they were real. [I’d] Take a moment, pause and allow myself to realize that I can do and accomplish anything I wanted to with TS because or in spite of it.”

As detailed in his autobiography, The Keeper: A Life Of Saving Goals And Achieving Them, Howard dealt with Tourette and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder since his days playing youth soccer. In addition to initiatives such as the #MyYoungerSelf campaign, Howard often meets with youths affected by Tourette syndrome following Rapids matches.

“I remember what it was like being a kid, having to look up to someone, and trying to figure out what was going on with me,” Howard told the Rapids supporter group Voice of C38 in a recent interview. “I just want to give kids an opportunity while I still have this platform.”

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