Braden Anderson is an incoming junior at Centennial High in Boise, Idaho.
Last summer, the Idaho Statesman reports, he earned an invitation to train with the U.S. men’s deaf national team. He was the youngest player in the camp, then 15, and he survived the first round of cuts. He will train again with the team this summer.
Braden was born completely deaf, and received cochlear implants when he was 3.
“I don’t really care if they call it a handicap,” Anderson said. “I just want to show them what I have, and they will understand.”
Braden has become a starting striker for the Boise Nationals and a starting midfielder at Centennial during his sophomore season.
The implants have their limitations: they don’t work in the rain, and a strong breeze can render them ineffective.
No matter: Braden relies on his other senses, including peripheral vision that extends to nearly 180 degrees. He can feel the rumble of the grass or the wind shift as an opponent closes from behind.
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