Down’s Syndrome Day was marked last Friday in Brazil, and Corinthians – one of the country’s most revered football club, seized that opportunity to extend love to talented individuals with the genetic disorder by signing a 26-year-old Caio Tadeu Batista.
The young footballer with Down’s Syndrome, was invited down to the club’s headquarters at Pacaembu São Pauloto, to take part in a really quite brilliant VIP day out.
As noted on the club’s official website,
Corinthians actually signed Caio on a (very) short-term deal, who represents Brazil as part of their national Down’s Syndrome futsal team – penning a genuine contract and being officially presented as a Corinthians player at a proper press conference.
Ciao was also introduced to his new team-mates, took part in several training sessions and was gifted a brand new Corinthians shirt complete with his name and specially designated squad number on the back.
Two days later on the Sunday, he returned to Corinthians sporting his new kit ahead of the club’s league game against Atletico Sorocaba finding himself charged with leading the team out for the pre-match handshakes and
taking a ceremonial kick-off before the tie, which Corinthians went on to win 3-0.
Caio was wearing a fancy, new-fangled GoPro cameras around his head the whole time, to enable viewers watch
his VIP expedition from his perspective.