William Joseph Thomas was an innocent bystander in a shooting that took place at Randallstown High School in Baltimore in 2004. As a result, the onetime three-sport athlete was left paralyzed. Now he is an advocate, an engineer, and a survivor. He said his personal mission is to tell his story with hopes of motivating people of all ages, races and backgrounds. He will be speaking at Volunteer State Community College on January 25 for Unity Day.
“There are times in life when it seems hard to actually affirm that you can make it; that you can actually overcome those obstacles and attain that new height,” Thomas said on his website. “However, if you decide that you want it, nothing will stop you from doing it - regardless of physical ability, level of education, or environmental circumstances.”
Thomas will speak at 12:45 p.m. in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information call 615-230-3461.