Local Teen Diagnosed With Rare Brain Tumor to Try Out for Paralympic Soccer Team
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (ALEX HEATON, WTAT-TV) — A Lowcountry teenager diagnosed with a brain tumor has spent most of his time giving back to the community, but now he has the chance to try out for the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team.
A love of the game that started during recess in the 2nd grade, Nick Price, a senior at Academic Magnet High School, was hooked – quickly rising to the top of the roster.”
“I fell in love with the game and played it ever since,” he said. “I have worked pretty hard to get to where I am today.”
But Price was sidelined two years ago when he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor.
Still, the life-threatening diagnosis didn’t keep him off the field for long. He made his high school team just a week later.
“It was huge for me,” he said. “I give a lot of credit for my journey to recovery to soccer.”
Just last week a phone call validated all of his hard work on and off the field.
“I’ve heard of the Paralympic National Team, but I’ve never really considered it and it never crossed my mind.”
This week, he will try out for a coveted spot on the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team. His brain injury makes him eligible.
“It was a lengthy process of getting back into soccer,” he said. “I couldn’t see very well. Everything was hyper-sensitive from having a brain surgery. I think that part of my game allowed me to focus more on seeing the field without seeing – just having a sixth sense of where people are at all times.”
But his elite level of playing is what scored the invite.
“I always promised my parents and myself that I would come out of this surgery better than ever and I’m going to help other people and strive for greatness,” he said. ”That’s exactly what I’m doing. I think trying out for this team and potentially making it and representing my country is just another step in the right direction for me.”
For Nick, there will be six days of tryouts in California – six days to play for the USA.
“I’m going to play my heart out, and I’m going to play for all the people that have passed from cancer,” he said. “I’m going to play for all my fans, all the people that have supported me, all my family, all my friends. And I’m going to do it for myself.”