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Applications Now Available for the Tim Howard NJCTS Leadership Academy for Teens with Tourette Syndrome

Deadline is January 20th.

Somerville, NJ, January 16, 2015 --( Teens between the ages of 14 and 17 living with Tourette Syndrome are invited to apply for the 2015 Tim Howard NJCTS Leadership Academy. Applications are available online at for the four-day training August 6-9 at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. The program is a partnership between soccer superstar Tim Howard and the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS).

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements or sounds known as tics. It affects as many as 1 in 100 people and is often accompanied by attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities or mental health conditions. Living with TS carries a unique set of challenges in the classroom and social settings. The Tim Howard NJCTS Leadership Academy is designed to educate, equip and empower teens with the skills needed to reach their personal best.

Participants are grouped with young adult "coaches" who have successfully navigated the transition from school to the working world while managing life with TS. Workshops delivered by leading TS experts will focus on brain biology, the psychology of TS and its affects socially. Team-building activities and relaxation techniques will be part of the itinerary as well.

"Our first year of the Academy was a great success," said Faith W. Rice, NJCTS executive director, "Each participant brought their own perspective and talent- that kind of sharing really provided an enriching experience and set the groundwork for a network of friends and support that continues today."

Tim Howard stresses the need for young people with TS to have access to mentors and learn self-empowerment skills.

"We're bringing kids and coaches together to give kids with [TS] an opportunity to advocate for themselves as much as we're all going to advocate for them," said Howard, "They will get the tools to better understand how [TS] affects their life and the things they can do to be successful."

The deadline for applications is January 20. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by February 7. For more information, and a link to the application, visit or call 908-575-7350.
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