Daniel Velasquez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T35, F35

Further personal information

Residence
San Antonio, TX, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
University of Texas: Arlington, TX, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing sport at age five at Kinetic Kids, a non-profit organisation in San Antonio, TX, United States, that offers sport to children with impairments.
Why this sport?
His parents signed him up because they wanted him to socialise with other children.
Club / Team
South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Soccer [STRAPS]: San Antonio, TX, USA
Name of coach
Michael Brunghardt
Coach from which country?
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Playing football and basketball, watching the University of Texas Longhorns play football, and supporting Manchester United Football Club. (therivardreport.com, 14 Dec 2013; Steve Fanning YouTube profile, 06 Nov 2012; Twitter profile, 09 Feb 2014; Facebook profile, 31 Jan 2014)
Hero / Idol
US Paralympian Jarryd Wallace. (Twitter profile, 25 Jan 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"The first thing I do is I like to sit down and pray and I just thank God for giving me this day to live. Then I warm up, go out there and do my best, and leave the field knowing I gave it everything I could. That's a typical day." (sacurrent.com, 10 Oct 2012)
Other sports
He also plays basketball and football for his club STRAPS. (therivardreport.com, 14 Dec 2013; Twitter profile, 09 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To make the US team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "If I make the US Paralympics team, I'll cry. I mean this has been my dream since age nine." (Twitter profile, 09 Feb 2014; therivardreport.com, 14 Dec 2013; Steve Fanning YouTube profile, 06 Nov 2012)
Impairment
He was born 13 weeks premature and developed bleeding on the brain at six days old, before being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. (therivardreport.com, 14 Dec 2013; teamusa.org, 02 Oct 2013; alzafarhospitalgala.org, 15 Oct 2011)
Other information
PROMISING FOOTBALLER
In 2013 at age 17 he was invited to trial with the US Paralympic men's football squad. (therivardreport.com, 14 Dec 2013)