2014-06-26 / Schools

Tim Howard to launch Leadership Academy

NORTH BRUNSWICK — Team USA’s World Cup goalkeeper does not plan to leave his talent and initiative on the soccer fields of Brazil.

In August, Tim Howard will launch the Leadership Academy in conjunction with the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS).

Howard, a native of North Brunswick, was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome (TS) as a child, and is currently on the NJCTS board of directors.

“The goal of the academy is to offer youth living with Tourette syndrome the skills to deal with life’s challenges through teamwork exercises and thinking outside the box — things that might not come naturally for kids with TS and other neurological disorders,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “We are so happy to continue our work with Tim, and appreciate that he understands what it’s like growing up with TS.”

A pilot launch of the program will take place Aug. 1-3 at Rutgers University. A group of 21 teenagers ages 14-17 will work with six coaches ages 21-29 who also have TS, and will attend workshops presented by psychologists, social workers, neurologists and educators.

Howard has worked with the NJCTS since 2004 and began working on the academy in 2010, when he represented the initiative in the Pepsi Refresh Project. Tens of thousands of fans voted for the academy concept to win $50,000.

“Bringing the idea to reality is so gratifying for us, but we know the outcomes will be profound for the teens who join us,” Rice said. “Once again, we are so proud to work with our friend Tim Howard in giving young people with TS an edge to succeed.”

For more information, visit www.njcts.org or call 908-575-7350.

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