By WSB-TV Community
LILBURN, Ga. – In preparation for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Matt Simpson is teaming up with players from Atlanta Braves to play goalball.
“I don’t really think of myself as a hero but I’m honored and I’m humbled and I’m thrilled,” Hal Simpson said.
Each player then put on a blindfold to learn beep baseball and goalball, including Parkview High School alumnus and outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Jeff Francoeur.
“I love it because it really makes you go outside your comfort zone,” Francoeur said. “Putting something over your face for 30-45 seconds and then taking it off, you know it’s a scary thing for that time.” Francoeur said. “It’s what these guys live with every single day. So I applaud them for doing what they do.”
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Matt Simpson said next month me will be headed to Rio to execute a dream that began 15 years ago, becoming a Paralympian on the U.S. Paralympic goalball team.
“Doesn’t matter if you’re blind, you’re in a wheelchair or if you’re Michael Phelps, it’s all the same journey,” Matt Simpson said.