By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The ball will travel past ten other players before it gets to the goal keeper.
Most of the game, if not all of it rest in the hands of Jamie McGee, but he isn't your typical goalie.
Curtis Stewart, the head soccer coach at Barbe High School stated, "Everybody treats him like one of the guys so he's just been doing a great job for us."
"It's not really affecting my teammates. It's not really a big deal to anybody," said McGee.
That's because McGee hasn't let it affect him, the "it", being Tourette Syndrome which he was diagnosed with in 2002. McGee no longer takes medication to control it, and yet he's earned a starting spot on the Louisiana Olympic Development Team.
"I've overcome it over the years," said McGee. It's more of a challenge to me, and me, I take challenges good and I work harder than anybody else."
Some would consider challenge to be an understatement, as reaction time is a large component in a keeper's success, but even though he's not in total control of his reflexes, McGee says it does not affect his game.
He stated, "I'm not focused on Tourettes, like I'm not thinking about it, I just play my game."
The United States World Cup goalie also plays his game, and just like McGee he too has Tourette Syndrome.
"Tim Howard, I mean look at him, he's great. He just inspires me," said McGee.
However, others would say it's McGee who inspires them.
"He's not making excuses about that, he goes out there and plays well and hopefully he can motivate other kids," said Stewart.
"I don't want to be known as, hey that's the kid with Tourette's, I want to be known as, hey that's a great athlete right there."
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