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Travis spent his early childhood in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, skiing its lakes with his parents on their boat, playing games with his friends, and dreaming of the day he’d play for the Corbin Redhounds. At 12 years old, Travis became sick with what was eventually diagnosed as Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis (CST). It had settled and taken hold, masquerading for nine days as nothing more than a severe headache. After the surgery that saved his life, Travis lost his eyesight.
After a year of adjusting to life in the dark, Travis joined the football team his eighth grade year as center. Together, they won their conference championship. Travis continued to play all four years of high school. His story made its way to New York and was featured on TODAY, Dateline, and other national media. It was told in detail in the SON-managed biography LIGHTS OUT: LIVING IN A SIGHTLESS WORLD and inspired the feature film 23 BLAST.
Travis obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, where he also served its football team as an equipment manager. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Travis now resides in Williamsburg, KY with his wife Stephanie, and is an adjunct professor at University of the Cumberlands. He also serves as CEO of the Freeman Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the truth that disability does not equal inability. He travels across the nation speaking on behalf of the Freeman Foundation. SON continues to manage his public appearances. To see the current schedule, click here.