Specialist William Mathis, U.S. Army (RET)

U.S. Army veteran William Mathis served one tour in Iraq and eight tours at the National Training Center, Shortly after returning to the U.S. William noticed his vision was fading due to exposure to unknown elements in combat. William reintroduced himself to sport after vision loss and tried goalball, rock climbing, snowboarding, weight lifting, archery and found that bowling, cycling and golfing stuck with him.

William says that adaptive sports give him a sense of accomplishment and independence saying, “People have told me i couldn’t do these things ever again because I was blind. I found I CAN, I just have to do it a little different than I did before.”

William lives in Colorado Springs, CO where he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.