Tim Howard honored as MLS Humanitarian of the Year
October 15, 2001 (Official Press Release)

MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard has been honored as the recipient of the 2001 New York Life Humanitarian of the Year Award. The 22-year-old Howard was selected for the award based upon his dedicated work in creating awareness for Tourette Syndrome.

Howard, now in his fourth MLS season, was diagnosed with the neurological disorder when he was 11-years-old. He had kept his condition concealed until this season, when he came forward publicly in order to serve as a role model for young people throughout the country who are afflicted with the same condition.

"I consider myself a great example of why this condition should not hold anyone back from anything they want to accomplish," says Howard. "And I'd love to be able to pass that message on to children who might need some inspiring."

The 2001 MLS All-Star volunteers hours of time and effort on a regular basis to the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey, which has recently named Howard to their Board of Directors.

In addition to numerous media interviews to help spread awareness about TS this season, Howard hosted more than 200 child members of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey at the MetroStars home game against the Columbus Crew on Sunday, August 19, treating them to a free game as well as a two-hour question-and-answer session following the game for the children and their parents.

The New York Life Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to the MLS player or staff member that has made exemplary contributions within their local community. Candidates for the honor were nominated based upon their involvement for a variety of philanthropic endeavors and community-oriented initiatives during the 2001 MLS season.

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