Impressive feet: Man born without arms to throw first pitch at Tribe game | Events
Tom Willis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Cleveland Indians home game – with his feet – as part of his “Pitch for Awareness” national tour.
Willis is disabled – he was born without arms or hands. So he learned to use his legs and feet instead to do everything in his life including writing, driving a car, and even pitching.
Willis will take the mound and toss the ceremonial first pitch with his feet prior to the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game on Tuesday, July 27, at Progressive Field. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.
The pitch is part of his “Pitch for Awareness” national tour. This summer Willis will travel to eleven Major League Baseball ™ stadiums across the country to pitch his message of the awareness of the abilities of persons with disabilities.
“Who says you need hands to pitch?” Willis said.
“Every little boy who picks up a baseball dreams of some day playing on a professional team in a professional stadium,” he said. “As a child I shared that same dream.”
“My disability, however, made that dream impossible. But the opportunity to throw out the first pitch is the next best thing.”
Willis is a motivational speaker who meets with students of all ages – from pre-school through professionals – and talks about his unique life and how he manages to conquer the obstacles and challenges he meets every day.
He also teaches his audience that if you really want to do something, you can always find a way to achieve it – including pitching at a major league ballpark.
Previous tour stops this season include June 25 at Tampa Bay Rays, June 27 at Florida Marlins, June 29 at Boston Red Sox, July 1 at Washington Nationals, July 6 at Milwaukee Brewers, and July 22 at St. Louis Cardinals.
Future tour stops this season include July 28 at Toronto Blue Jays, August 10 at Detroit Tigers, Aug. 15 at Cincinnati Reds, and Sept. 30 at Texas Rangers.
For more information about the tour visit the website www.pitchforawareness.com
For background information about Willis or his company, Tomsfeet Productions, visit www.tomsfeet.com.