A blind Paralympic athlete was recently prominently featured in a promotional video for the Uber ridesharing service. Matt Simpson is a member of the United States goalball team, which just took silver at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto, thanks, in part, to a thrilling overtime win over Canada last Friday.
The accompanying YouTube video shows Matt on the court and how Uber has enabled a more independent lifestyle where life isn’t scheduled ahead of time for him.
According to an Uber press release, “At Uber, we aim to provide reliable transportation options for all walks of life and are committed to building solutions that support everyone’s ability to move around their communities. Matt is an athlete that happens to be blind, and we feel proud that we can make his life easier each day.”
Though intended as a promotional piece for Uber, the video also serves as a boost to the sport of goalball, a highly-competitive yet under promoted Paralympic sport played around the world. The U.S. team will compete in the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro.