A former USA Soccer National team member with ALS

A former USA Soccer National team member with ALS

From Tony Epifani

To open another Soccer Academy.I owned & operated a Soccer Academy for 18 yrs until I got ALS. 10 yrs with ALS & I won't let ALS stop me anymore. Look me up Tony Epifani. I'm very good at training foot skills.

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As I'm writing this many emotions are running through me at the moment. I want to say so much. My name is Tony Epifani, I'm 49 years old, Have two wonderful kids Anthony and Alex, a very loving supportive X wife and I have had ALS for 10 years. 

I have a love for soccer that few can truly understand. I was a two time all American in five different categories, Two time Parade all American, ranked number two in the country, I was on the U,S national team, I traveled the world playing soccer and I played in a World cup in China. After a career ending knee injury my dreams for playing professional soccer came to a sudden stop.

I opened and managed a soccer academy with over 200 Kids. We traveled the country playing in leagues and tournaments every weekend year round for over18 years. I miss playing soccer, but coaching young athletes was truly a passion for me that I miss.The day I said good bye to coaching, I sat in my car thinking of how many kids I've helped not only be better soccer players but better people.

  I Sat in an 8 by10 room for 24 hours a day for 6 years. That room felt more like a prison cell than a home bedroom. Sitting in that cell day and night I was very angry, depressed and above all, lonely. Believe it or not I was dealing with my weakening body okay, it was the seclusion that can drive even the best of us insane.

I'm not sure if you know what ALS is? As time goes on you lose the connection from your brain to your muscles leaving you unable to move any muscles.

I'm now in a 24 hour care facility in a bedroom with a view. It is time to get out there and start living my life again.

I am looking to start teaching young boys and girls soccer skills & ball mastery again by starting a new academy. I will only be teaching foot skills, ball mastery, advanced passing and shooting.

I know it can be done but I would need some financial help. I have a great reputation in training young athletes.

I truly believe if there is a will there is a way!

Thank you for your time.

Tony Epifani

ssafootskills@yahoo.com

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