Expand | Collapse (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/DAPO) Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies poses in Canadian coloring book, “Project Al-Ala” on screen.
Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies, 19, is launching his new limited-edition coloring book series to help raise awareness for Under 5 ADHD.
In a statement, NFT International, a not-for-profit campaign which started in 2017, said the goal of its latest project is to raise awareness around ADHD and its link to an older form of the disorder (ADHD) called Intellectual Disabilities.
NFT, which stands for Additive Disorder Neuroimmune Disease, says it believes that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in June, admitted to having a mistake when it last year acknowledged that nearly 2 million Americans, about 8 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with ADHD. The problem, according to NFT, is that the statistic does not include other forms of the disease, such as ADHD’s sequelae.
“Just like epilepsy, with proper medication both genes and stress can be modified — ADHD is not an illness that has to be thrown away,” said Dr. Adrian, Executive Director of NFT. “There are many children in the United States and Canada who have symptoms of ADHD and could benefit from effective treatments.”
“We believe that it’s extremely important to find effective treatment options for all forms of ADHD and encourage families to find reputable treatment centers for their child or for the older form of ADHD or intellectual disability, which have been much under-diagnosed and ignored,” he added.
“Alphonso is an international star,” said Brian Patton, Editor-in-Chief of NFT and Co-Author of “Project Al-Ala.” “But behind the scenes, he’s all about kids and giving back. His passion for helping kids with developmental and learning issues led to the creation of Project Al-Ala, a fun creative project that he wants all kids to enjoy and use it as a learning tool.”
“Alphonso has proven that it’s possible to lead a healthy life and use his talents as a soccer player to help children with special needs and just give back,” he said.
As a Canadian-born son of Jamaican immigrants, Davies also said in the statement that he is excited to launch NFT’s newest project.
“ADD and ADHD are a big part of my life,” he said. “I can personally attest to the effects the conditions have had on my life, especially on my social skills, and I don’t wish to have those experiences go unnoticed.”
“I wanted to find a project that could help kids experience the kind of joy that I’ve had when I was younger.”
He added: “We’re also helping to bring attention to research findings that show the exact impact that these conditions can have on healthy, happy kids like us. Along with my fellow teammate and teammate on Bayern, Cesc Fabregas, I want to make sure that kids with ADD or ADHD have an opportunity to grow, learn and be happy.”
To learn more about NFT, visit www.nftinternational.org.