Adam Ballou

Adam Ballou
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born(1992-05-29) May 29, 1992 (age 25)
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 â„2 in)
Weight155 lb (70 kg)
SportSoccer / Cerebral palsy soccer
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2012 Summer Paralympics
Updated on 18 June 2016.


Up to date on 18 June 2016. Adam Ballou (given birth to Might 29, 1992) can be an American soccer participant and cerebral palsy soccer participant. Ballou offers cerebral palsy due to an intrauterine heart stroke, he was diagnosed at half a year aged. He attended Wayne Madison University or college, graduating in 2015. He began playing soccer when he was three years aged, performed rec, advanced and travel. He also performed on his senior high school varsity group, and was group captain his junior and final years. Ballou is a consistent person in america Paralympic National Group since being invited to teach with them in March 2007 like a 14-years-old. He offers competed in the CP Soccer World Championships in ’09 2009, 2011, and 2015. He in addition has represented america in the 2012 Summer time Paralympics in London. His greatest performance using the group was a second-place end in the 2010 Americas Tournament.


Ballou was created on, may 29, 1992 in Virginia Seaside, Virginia and has three sisters. Ballou was identified as having cerebral palsy when he was half a year old, after he previously a pediatric heart stroke. Due to the heart stroke, when he was a child, doctors informed his parents that he could live his lifestyle as a veggie. The stroke acquired led to him obtaining cerebral palsy and having limited limb efficiency on his still left side, rendering it significantly weaker than his best side. To handle these physical problems, Ballou acquired regular physical therapy because of this until he was around a 13-year-old.Ballou attended Norfolk Christian SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Norfolk, graduating from there in 2011. He continued from there to review International Affairs and Spanish at Adam Madison School. He graduated in 2015, using a minors running a business aswell as Latin American and Caribbean Research. While attending school, he had taken the springtime semester of 2012 off therefore he could teach with the united states national team prior to the London Video games. He also examined overseas, spending a semester in Salamanca, Spain. In 2014, He finished an internship for U.S. STATE DEPT. on the Embassy in Madrid in 2014 within his research. He has stayed associated with the university pursuing his graduation. In Apr 2016, he offered a workshop on Paralympic sport at his alma mater's Godwin Hall in HarrisonburgBallou speaks Spanish and British. He's 5 feet 8 and weighs 155 pounds.


Ballou started using soccer when he was a 3-year-old, using for a group that included his sister and which his father was the trainer of. He could compete in sports activities after he previously a tendon transfer on his still left feet. Many people in his lifestyle inspired him to take part in sports. Due to his impairment, he educated harder on that aspect of your body and occasionally feels he performs better on that aspect because of this. He performed varsity soccer for Norfolk Christian SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. In 2012, his soccer instructors had been Jay Hoffman and Mike Haas.

Cerebral palsy football

Ballou is a CP7 footballer and a normal fixture on the united states National Paralympic Group, where he takes on in the midfield.Ballou started performing CP soccer in 2007 after getting invited to teach using the national group in March. At that time, he was a 14-years-old. He found the interest of nationwide selectors following the mind coach from the Virginia Seaside Mariners asked his trainer if he understood of any players with cerebral palsy and his trainer replied with Ballou's name and get in touch with details. Due to the guidelines for CP soccer, he had not been in a position to earn his initial national group cover until he was a 16-years-old.AMERICA tried but didn't be eligible for the 2008 Summer season Paralympics. If indeed they had been effective, Ballou may likely possess produced the roster. He continuing his nationwide group profession, and was area of the US group that completed 11th at this year's 2009 Globe Championships. He continuing to get nationwide group phone calls ups, and was with the united states group that completed second in the 2010 Americas Tournament. The following yr, he participated in the 2011 CPISRA Globe Championships using the nationwide group. An eighth-place end at this competition qualified america for the London Video games.Ballou spent lots of time finding your way through the 2012 Summer season Paralympics. You should definitely using the nationwide team, he qualified in the Virginia Seaside Sportsplex. Having used a semester off to get ready for the Video games, he spent lots of time in 2012 teaching using the nationwide group in Chula Vista, California and was officially chosen by nationwide team head trainer Jay Hoffman to become for the London bound nationwide team.The 2012 Video games were his first, as the national team hadn't qualified for Beijing. Ballou was among seven US Paralympians from Virginia contending in London, and his family members flew to London to view him play. Many individuals came to view the Video games, with 80,000 people turning up to the starting ceremonies and 25,000 people turning up to view his group play THE UK. AMERICA was used Group B with Ukraine, THE UK and Brazil. The People in america did not earn a single video game, dropping all 5 fits they performed in. Following the Video games when he came back to the united states, he was using the team if they fulfilled US Chief executive Barack Obama. His involvement in London offered him the handle to attempt to make the roster for the 2016 Video games.In Apr 2014, Ballou was invited to take part in a week lengthy nationwide team training camp in the Olympic Teaching Middle in Chula Vista, California. The camp had been held in planning for the 7-a-side Soccer Ciutat de Barcelona in June of this 12 months. In March 2015, he was area of the 14 guy roster that participated in the Povoa de Varzim, Portugal hosted Footie 7 – Povoa 2015 competition. Your competition was a warmup for the Globe Championships which were held in Britain in June 2015.Ballou was named to the united states aspect for the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Globe Championships in Britain in June 2015. Ballou emerged from the bench to replacement set for Michael Moore in the team's 10 - 0 reduction to Britain. He were only available in the team's 2 - 1 earn against Scotland. In the 7th/8th positioning match, Argentine goalkeeper Gustavo Nahuelquin was reddish colored carded for kicking Ballou. Teammate David Garza after that scored for the charges kick. Ballou have scored his own objective later in the overall game against Argentina. AMERICA won the overall game 4 - 1. This efficiency qualified america for the 2016 Summertime Paralympics.Once again, Ballou was called to participate for the national group after getting named towards the 14 guy squad for the 2015 Parapan American Video games in Toronto. There, america performed Canada, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil. He performed in the team's match against Canada. He spent elements of 2015 and 2016 schooling full-time in planning for the Rio Video games.Later that 12 months, Ballou was nominated for the 2015 U.S. Soccer’s Small Disabled Participant of the entire year alongside teammate Kevin Hensley and US nationwide amputee football group players Nicolai Calabria and Noah Grove. He dropped out Hensley in obtaining the honor.2016 saw Ballou again getting invitations to try out with the united states Paralympic Team. He participated nationwide team teaching camp in Chula Vista, California in early March 2016. Pursuing that, Ballou was area of the US that required component in the 2016 Pre Paralympic Competition in Salou, Spain. AMERICA completed 6th after defeating Argentina in a single positioning match 4 - 3 and dropping to Ireland 4 - 1. The goals obtained in the match against Argentina had been the first the united states obtained in the competition, before adding one more within their match against Ireland. Ballou obtained an own objective in the USA's video game against Ireland. The competition featured 7 from the 8 groups taking part in Rio. It had been the last main preparation event prior to the Rio Video games for all groups participating.