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Scoring for Stuttering James Rodriguez the Soccer Star

The breakout star of 2014 FIFA World Cup hands down was

Colombia’s sensation James Rodriguez, known affectionately as “James” (pronounced “HAHM-ez”). Only 22 years old and in his first World Cup, some pro soccer commen- tators mentioned Rodriguez’ per- formance in the same regard with Pele’s heroics in 1958 when, as an unknown 17 year-old, the future su- perstar lead Brazil to its first World Cup. The June 30 issue of USA Today published a major article enti-

tled “7 Reasons James Rodriguez is the breakout star of the World Cup,” with the first reason being “He’s been abso- lutely brilliant,” highlighting his then Cup-leading five goals and two assists in only four games. However, what was not widely covered in the international media is that James Rodriguez is a person who stutters. Despite only playing until

the quarterfinal round when Colombia was eliminat- ed, Rodriguez won the


Golden Boot award as the tournament’s

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Fast Facts

• Born July 12, 1991, in Cúcuta, Colombia.

• Jersey #10.

• Position is wing or attacking midfield.

• He and his wife, Daniela, have a daughter named Salome.

• Recently signed 6-year, $108 million deal with Real Madrid.

• Ranked as one of the best players in the world.

• 2,381,824 people read the Stuttering Foundationʼs Facebook posting about James.

Other Athletes

Did you know these stars also stutter?

• NFL running back Darren Sproles

• Basketball star Kenyon Martin

• Legendary Bulls star Bob Love

• LPGA member Sophie Gustafson

• NBA All Hall of Famer Bill Walton

For more news on James Rodriguez, visit

Finding the perfect fit, page 4

Inspirational Authors, page 3

Clinicians from around the globe attend workshops, pages 6-8

• Golf champ Tiger Woods • Outfielder George Springer

Stress & Stuttering, page 9

Since 1947 ... Helping Those Who Stutter

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