How America's goalie inspires focus on "ability" not disability

EUREKA, Mo. (KSDK) - To see Tim Howard's success through the eyes of 16-year-old Drew Guise of Eureka, Missouri is nothing short of extraordinary. The two have more in common than you might think. On the surface, most would assume Howard is the one inspiring Guise. One day, it might be Guise who inspires Tim Howard.

Four years ago, when Guise was in sixth grade, doctors said he suffered from one of the worst cases of Tourette's syndrome they had ever seen.

"I was making noises nonstop. I was severely jerking my body," Guise said.

It was around that time that Sports Illustrated featured Tim Howard on its cover. Howard, also has Tourette's syndrome. Guise cut out Howard's picture and kept it with him for inspiration.

Fast forward to Tuesday's epic battle between the entire Belgian soccer team and Team USA goalie Tim Howard. The Belgians' relentless attack led to Howard making an astounding 16 saves—setting a World Cup record. The United States lost the match, but America anointed a new sports hero.

Watching every second of it from his home in a suburb about 30 miles west of St. Louis, was Guise.

"We both love sports with a passion. We're both Christians. We both really try to do our best even though we have Tourette's syndrome," Guise said.

Drew Guise and Tim Howard learned to set their goals high.

Tourette's didn't make things easy.

"Back in 5th and 6th grades I had one of the worst cases in the Midwest, actually," Guise said. "I was on about 12 pills a day. But now some people have no idea I even have Tourette's."

Guise finds inspiration in Howard's success.

"It proves that anything is possible… just because you have a disability you can't let it hold you back," he said. "(Howard) demonstrated that."

But Guise is also inspiring people. He runs cross country, has leadership goals, and a passion for politics.

"I'd love to do great things in the world and I'd like to think I'm on my way," he said.

For this 16-year-old high school junior, the sky sets no limits.

"If anything, Tourette's is a platform for me and even Tim Howard to get a message out there that nothing can stop you in the world. Especially in an awesome country like this; Team USA, America. The American dream is possible and you can't let anything hold you back."

Guise credits great doctors, support from his parents, community, and his faith for his own personal successes. He also works with the Greater Missouri Tourette's Syndrome Association and not surprisingly, is now a leader and role model in that organization.

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