Bobby Williams is a young man with athletic dreams, and though he has cerebral palsy, he has not let that hold him back and has recently qualified for the Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals.
Williams, who moved to Morehouse Parish while in junior high, has always enjoyed running. As a middle schooler he joined the G.U.M.B.O (Games Uniting Mind and Body) team and has since joined the Bastrop High School track team.
“He always liked to run so I decided to let him do track and G.U.M.B.O,” Williams' mother Demetress Bradshaw said.“With G.U.M.B.O he's able to go to other places and meet other people.”
Bobby once competed at Louisiana State University taking first place in state in the 100 and 200 meter races. This year he competed at LSU again breaking his own state record.
“He just keeps getting faster,” Bradshaw said.
He has continued as a member of the G.U.M.B.O team and was recently made a member of the “Mudbug Team,” a team of the seven to eight top G.U.M.B.O members who compete in an international competition for people who are physically or visually disabled.
Williams recently competed in the Endeavor Games in Edmond, Oklahoma winning first in the 100 meter dash, second in the 200 meter dash, third in the long jump, second in the shot put and second in the discus. With these scores he qualified for the Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals being held in Fort Wayne, Indiana July 21 to 28. Williams is ecstatic about this.
“He is very excited,” Bradshaw said. “I think he's even more excited for this than he was for Oklahoma.”
Williams hopes to continue competing. In fact, after recently meeting Paralympic athlete Shaquille Vance, his goal is to be a Paralympian. He is working towards his dream and won't let his disability get in the way.
“He doesn't let his disability stop him,” Bradshaw said. “He does what he wants and doesn't let it bother him, working hard and even motivating other kids.”
Williams' mother is currently raising money to help cover expenses for Bobby to compete in the Junior Nationals. She wants Bobby to be able to go as far as he can with his dreams.
“The further he goes I'm gonna try to get him there because I think he deserves it,” she said.
She is selling raffle tickets for a $25 gas card. Tickets are $2 each, and the raffle will be held on July 18. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Bradshaw at 318-282-1101. Also, donations are being accepted and can be made to G.U.M.B.O Inc. 2840 A Military Hwy, Pineville, LA 71360. All donations will be forwarded from there to Williams' mother.