By Chris Wright
To mark World Down’s Syndrome Day (which was actually last Friday), Brazilian side Corinthians “signed” Caio Tadeu Batista, a young footballer with Down’s Syndrome, and invited him down to their headquarters to take part in a really quite brilliant VIP day out.
As noted on the club’s official website, Corinthians actually signed Caio on a (very) short-term deal, with the 26-year-old – who represents Brazil as part of their national Down’s Syndrome futsal team – penning a genuine contract and being officially presented as a Corinthians player at a personal press conference.
Ciao was also introduced to his new team-mates, took part in several training sessions and was gifted a brand new Corinthians shirt complete with his name and specially designated squad number on the back.
Two days later on the Sunday, he returned to Corinthians sporting his new kit ahead of the club’s league game against Atletico Sorocaba – finding himself charged with leading the team out for the pre-match handshakes and taking a ceremonial kick-off before the tie, which Corinthians went on to win 3-0.
Brilliantly, Caio was wearing one of those fancy, newfangled GoPro cameras around his head the whole time, so we are all able to experience his VIP jaunt from his point of view – a bit like that Nike advert, but without all the vomiting…
Now ain’t that great?
(Via Dirty Tackle)