Will Ribeiro Honored To Work With Brazilian Youths
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.16.2013
He coaches them...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, paralyzed former WEC fighter Will Ribeiro said that he has been honored to work with the youth of Brazil. He spends his time volunteering to coach young people.
On seeing himself in his students: "They're always getting in trouble just like we used to. Of course they're only children. They will have a bright future."
On his history of teaching: "Even before the accident, I used to teach. Years ago I imagined I could serve as a role model to our youth, but not in this way. Nowadays I feel a greater sense of responsibility."
On his health: "Unfortunately, I lack both reliable transportation and money to pay for regular physical therapy sessions. I also haven't been able to attend speech therapy to address my vocal-cord damage. I've gone back to hitting the heavy bag for exercise despite my inability to move my left arm. I have to skip exercising on colder days, as I'm not able to keep my body warm. Unfortunately, medical care remains very substandard in Brazil, as seen in recent protests, and wheelchair-access ramps are very uncommon."