Juan Carlos Unzué, an inspiration for MICFootball volunteers

Former coach Juan Carlos Unzué has been the star of the first MICFootball 2022 volunteer day. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative and incurable disease that progressively paralyzes the muscles, back in 2019. The arrival of ALS completely changed Unzué’s life, but the former goalkeeper has decided to devote all his time to explaining a disease that is still too unknown through talks and conferences such as the one he has given today at the Hotel Evenia Olympic in Lloret de Mar as part of the “Sport and Life” training day organized by the Diputació de Girona & Vibliotec.

Unzué emphasized that sport and, more specifically, his role as a goalkeeper, have helped him to grow as a person and to accept the process of living with ALS. “Sport gives us the opportunity to acquire values such as commitment, resilience and empathy.”

A new vital stage where an appreciation of the present and the present stands out, enjoying the present without being obsessed with the future, and an apology for vulnerability, relying on the immediate environment. With admirable vitality and optimism, he wanted to share some of the most complicated experiences he has had as a coach. Experiences from which he has learned great lessons that have undoubtedly inspired the entire team of the tournament.


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