Soccer Helped This Blind Man Overcome His Battle With Suicidal Thoughts

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The power of soccer isn’t just in the passionate fandom it creates, or the millions of dollars of income it generates every year. The power of soccer also lies in its ability to change the lives of those who play the game.

For Brazilian Andre de Souza Carlos, who is blind, soccer proved to be a second chance at life.

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A childhood accident left Andre with severely impaired vision, which eventually deteriorated to the point of total blindness, leaving him shut off from the world and severely depressed.

After he completely lost his vision, Andre describes the grief that followed as, “a big and deep fall for me. I hit rock bottom.”

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For nearly six months, Andre’s battle with depression took him to thoughts of ending his own life.

Fortunately, Andre found a glimmer of light in the darkness.

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Through blind soccer, Andre overcame the depression he experienced from losing his eyesight.

Originally developed in Spain, blind soccer is played like regulation soccer, but with modified rules.

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A few changes to the game include: Only five players per team, the ball is modified to produce sound, and games last only 50 minutes.

The popularity of the game led to its inclusion in the 2004 Paralympics.

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It has been a staple of the games ever since.

“After I started playing soccer, some things started to transform.”

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In the four years since Andre began playing the sport, he has emerged from the depression with a renewed outlook on life. “My mind started to work again and create other expectations, dreams, goals.”

Check out Andre’s entire story here.


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