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Published:May 1st, 2011 11:18 EST

Armless Dude Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch At Dodger Stadium

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The ceremonial first pitch is usually not something baseball fans pay much attention to, but fans attending the Los Angeles Dodgers` home game Saturday night are likely to take special notice when Tom Willis takes the mound.


Willis was born without arms. When he throws the first pitch, he will do so with one of his feet.

As part of his `Pitch for Awareness` national tour, Willis was hoping to visit all 30 major league stadiums to promote an understanding that people with disabilities are capable of doing more than others perceive."

I love baseball and I have always dreamed of throwing out the first pitch for a San Francisco Giants game. But I`m afraid that any pitch I tossed would float down about ten feet short of the batter.

My editor, Judyth Piazza, has thrown out three ceremonial pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I`m jealous, what makes her better than me? Oh, I know, she looks a hell of a lot better tossing a pitch wearing a tight shirt than I do.

Tom Willis always makes a good impression, he always puts his best foot forward. He is a sterling example that being born with a disability shouldn`t limit your options in life. Willis is a motivational speaker, and a TV producer. Willis may lack arms, but he has plenty of intelligence, motivation and determination.

Willis needs help from organizations and individuals to finance his "Pitch for Awareness" national tour. If you can help, get in touch with him via Twitter or email.

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