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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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12 Reasons Why Celia Cruz Remains One Of The Fiercest In Latino History

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12 Reasons Why Celia Cruz Remains One Of The Fiercest In Latino History

The best advice I could possibly give you is to take a moment, every day, to think about Celia Cruz’s eternal greatness. It will uplift you, motivate you, and remind you that perfection is possible, and its embodiment is a Cuban woman in a magnificent wig. Try it! Here, let me show you how:

1. OK, first thing’s first: THE VOICE.

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You can’t talk about Celia’s many contributions to the world without first recognizing the power and range of her voice. She’s amazing!

2. She’s always had a style all her own.

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The nails. The lipstick. The eyeshadow!!!

3. And those moves!

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Dale, Celia.

4. And she fought — hard — to find her place onstage.

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Especially early in her career, Celia battled racism, sexism and other people’s goddamn insecurity to get to her rightful place in the spotlight. Stories like Celia’s don’t happen overnight — there’s a lot of passion and perseverance that went on behind the scenes.

5. In fact, there was a whole telenovela dedicated to her life and career.

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Yes, honey! A Telemundo telenovela all about La Reina.

6. She gave a voice to the Cuban experience.

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Leaving your homeland is by no means easy, but Celia Cruz gave Cuban exiles and their experience a voice and a rallying cry.

7. And she basically gave Cuba a second national anthem.

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Have José Martí’s words ever sounded more beautiful than when they’re sung by Celia?

8. She knew how to work a wig.

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This cannot be emphasized enough.

…Like, seriously though.

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The trick is to wear the wig so that the wig doesn’t wear you. I mean, no lie and no offense, but you probably can’t manage this. Celia can.

9. It’s not a party until a Celia song comes on.

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I’m talking “La Vida es un Carnaval,” I’m talking “La Negra Tiene Tumba’o,” I am talking “Quim(mothereffin’)bara.” So many precious gifts, all from one woman.

10. Her cover of “I Will Survive” surpasses the original.

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Now I’m not saying Gloria Gaynor isn’t also a goddess and a queen, because she surely is. But Celia’s take on the ultimate break up masterpiece is just, I mean, light years beyond.

11. She genuinely supported her fellow artists.

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And her singing with La India will change your whole life.

12. And through her music, she’ll live forever.

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Love you, Celia!


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What else do you love about Celia? Share it with us!

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