In many ways, Brazilian Gabriel Muniz is just a typical 11-year-old boy – he likes to play sports, hangs out with his friends, and dislikes homework. But in two very special ways, Gabriel Muniz is anything but typical. You see, at 11, Gabriel is already an extremely talented soccer player who has caught the attention of his country’s top soccer organizations. And the other thing? Well, the other thing is that Gabriel has no feet!
When Gabriel was born with no feet, his mom worried greatly about her son’s ability to thrive. But when he took his first steps before the age of one and then was off and running, Gabriel’s mom knew just how special he was. Now, 11 years later, he is proving to Brazilian soccer and to the world that a disability doesn’t have to stop you from chasing your dreams!
This video tells Gabriel’s incredible story.
- Here’s an article that tells all about Gabriel and his amazing ability.
- Here’s another IMK post about a disabled athlete who made it not just to the Paralympics, but to the Olympics as well!
Topics for Discussion:
- How do you think Gabriel feels about his ability to excel in soccer?
- What would it be like to have no feet? How would your life be different than it is now?
- Gabriel has succeeded by focusing on his ability rather than his disability. What positives in your life can you focus on to help you succeed?
- Visit the International Paralympic Committee website to learn about other disabled athletes who have made their dreams come true and how you can support them!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.