Tom Willis stopped by Camden Yards last night to throw out the first pitch before the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles did battle. It was quite impressive.
Willis, who was born without arms, fired a high strike using his feet.
Camden Yards was the 20th major league stop on Willis's "Pitch for Awareness" national tour, which he hopes will highlight the abilities of people with disabilities.
"The main message," he says, "is that I may look different. I may act differently. But it's OK to be different."
After a long career as a video producer, Arbitron executive and communications specialist with the federal government, the 54-year-old Willis makes his living as a motivational speaker these days.
He doesn't begin with a lot of throat-clearing and "Happy to be here" fluff, either. Instead he starts off by firing tennis balls and Frisbees into the audience with his feet.
"And trust me, that gets their attention," he says.
"I tell 'em: I can do anything you can do, just differently."
[H/T: Baltimore Sun]