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.
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