Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer to Join

Basketball Hall of Famer to lead workshop on resilience

New Brunswick, NJ- The Tim Howard NJCTS Leadership Academy is turning up the star power with the addition of C.

Vivian Stringer to the agenda. The women’s basketball coaching legend will present a workshop on


On August 1, 23 teens will arrive at Rutgers University to spend a three-day intensive training on life skills

necessary to succeed with Tourette Syndrome (TS). TS is a neurological disorder characterized by

involuntary movements known as tics. It’s frequently accompanied by other disorders. Because it’s such a

“visual” disorder, as Tim Howard of Team USA and Everton explains, it often leads to greater degrees of

bullying and isolation.

“The whole idea of the Academy is that [kids with TS] need to view themselves as successful and resilientand

the goal of the program is to have them see those possibilities,” said Faith W. Rice, executive director of

the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders (NJCTS).

Stringer is the coach of Rutgers Women’s basketball team and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fameinducted

in 2009, the same class as Michael Jordon. While she is famous for her coaching ability, Stringer

has turned personal struggles into a lesson in overcoming adversity.

Tim Howard, who conceived the Academy with NJCTS, is happy to share a new connection to Stringer, or “Mrs.

Stringer” as he calls her. Howard grew up in North Brunswick and remembers when her family moved to Middlesex

County when Stringer came to Rutgers. In a recent press conference, Howard fondly recalled his friend and fellow

basketball player David Stringer- Vivian’s son.

Stringer, the author of Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph will no doubt draw on her life experiences to

inspire the Academy participants in an intimate and interactive workshop. Other Academy presenters include leading TS

clinicians and educators.

“We are pleased that C. Vivian Stringer will lead this special presentation,” said Rice, “She is a gracious partner in

inspiring TS kids and advocates.” For more information about the Academy, visit www.njcts.org or call 908-575-7350.


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