No Hands No Arms No Problem

Tom Willis of California has been getting lots of attention lately.

And every bit of it is deserved.

Tom is the driving force behind "The Pitch for Awareness," a program to inform about the abilities of those with disabilities.

Through the initiative, he has been traveling across the United States throwing out ceremonial first pitches at Major League Baseball games. Also while visiting the cities, he conducts a fun program for children to help them better understand those with physical challenges.

So, how is a guy throwing a baseball impressive?

Tom throws the ball the 60 feet and 6 inches with his foot.

He grips the baseball with his toes, winds up, and tosses it with his foot to the catcher.

You see, Tom was born with no arms.

Yet, he has never let his obstacle slow him down.

Tom does home repair and uses tools.

He washes and then folds his laundry.

And he is licensed to drive a car--his is modified so that he can steer with his left foot and use his right for braking and acceleration. You can go here to his website and see the pictures.

His take home message?

Never underestimate what someone can achieve if they put their mind to accomplishing a goal.

So, you can click here to see Tom throw a baseball, and yes, it is amazing.

But be sure to watch the short clip below after a San Diego television station did a story on Tom. I think the 214 seconds about this inspirational individual is even more worth watching.

If you have trouble viewing the video above, you can click here to go to YouTube and watch it there.

Thanks for giving us lots to think about Tom.


joeh said...


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He must inspire so many people!

Bijoux said...


Pat Hatt said...

Wow indeed, can throw farther with his foot than some can with their arm. Amazing what people can do when they put their mind to it.

Chrys Fey said...

That is amazing!

Bob G. said...

My God...that's one helluva story about sheer DETERMINATION ...and COURAGE.
He DEFINITELY throws better than our president.
Truly one of the best inspirations out there.
Thanks for sharing this.

Roll safe out there.

Out on the prairie said...

We need to understand all of our abilities before we decide we can't do something

lisa said...

There are a couple of people like this who should be such inspirations to the rest of us. Tom is truly a hero and is doing a fantastic job of making everyone aware of the capabilities of those with so-called *disabilities*!

messymimi said...

The only limits are in what we think we cannot do.

Brian Miller said...

that is pretty cool...there is a guy here just the legs...and a year ago he climbed the tallest mountain in VA on his hands...was pretty cool...he wors at the wal mart here in town

Gail Dixon said...

What a beautiful human being! And such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

Maxi said...

One can't help but feel humble. Tom Willis is an inspiration to all; a true hero.
blessings ~ maxi

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, that is amazing.

Momma Fargo said...

So amazing!

Stephanie Faris said...

That is amazing! And proof that people can do whatever they set their minds to.

Kay G. said...

When I was a kid, we were always told that AMERICAN ended in I CAN!! This is such a great story about someone who is differently abled, as he called it!

Gloria Baker said...

Still I have my mouth open!
And he made me laugh and love how he talks with the kids!
Thanks for that!
Many people that have "problems" is better than other dont have!

Anonymous said...

Man, I get so annoyed by the able-bodied sometimes. They look at what this guy has accomplished and they turn to me and say "Look, you could have accomplished something with your life if you wanted it badly enough!" You simply can't compare people like at. What I have is more painful than cancer and will never go away, yet people expect me to be a super gimp.

You'd never look at an able-bodied person who doesn't run and say to them,"Why don't you become an ultramarathoner? It's so inspirational! You just have to put your mind to it. You'd be a hero and full of courage and so amazing!

Most people with disabilities hate that people can't admire the accomplishments without adding in all the "It's so inspirational! They are showing so much courage! Poor wee little cripple, look at how much he's done!" bullshit that able-bodied people say.