Never let it be said that a man without arms can't throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. Tom Willis has proven that to be false, time and time again.
Willis, a motivational speaker who was born without arms, tossed out the first pitch at Thursday night's Kansas City Royals game. It's something that Willis has done at 22 different ballparks through his Pitch for Awareness campaign.
Willis, 54, has learned how to do everything with his feet. He has an organization called Tomsfeet Productions, where the mantra is "No hands. No arms. No problem."
In 2011, Willis told The PostGame that his goal is to throw out the first pitch at all 30 MLB ballparks. He's well on his way, having already done it places such as Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and Petco Park. He also explained to The PostGame how he throws a ball:
"Basically, I hold the ball with my right foot and step back with my left leg. Then I lift my left leg into a kick like a real pitcher does. I bring that leg down slowly and the right leg comes up. Using the momentum that I've created in my hips when I bring my left foot forward, I get an extra whip and just try to throw straight at the catcher with the ball coming from my right foot. Most times it gets there. It's similar to the same way people throw with their arms, but I do it with my legs and feet."
Willis also uses his feet to cook, write and drive. The words "too hard" and "I can't" don't seem to be in his vocabulary.
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