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KU Athletics worker honored as most inspirational athlete

March 21, 2010

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Todd Williams of Lawrence was selected as the most inspirational athlete Friday night during the Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Hays. Five teams from Douglas County competed in the basketball event.

Todd Williams of Lawrence was selected as the most inspirational athlete Friday night during the Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Hays. Five teams from Douglas County competed in the basketball event.

Local Special Olympian Todd “Leaper” Williams took home a gold medal for basketball Saturday at the State Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament in Hays.

But Williams also received an honor that meant more to him than his accomplishments on the court.

Williams was named the Kansas Special Olympics 2010 Most Inspirational Athlete in front of a packed gym at Hays High School on Friday night.

“It really has not sunk in yet,” an emotional Williams said moments after receiving the award, given in honor of Lawrence Special Olympian Gary Samuels, who died in 1989.

Williams, who works for the Kansas University athletic department, has been involved in Special Olympics for four decades.

He’s one of the more well-known Special Olympic athletes in Kansas, said local director John Samuels.

John Samuels said Williams’ dedication to his team and Special Olympics made him a perfect choice for the award.

Thanking and hugging teammates after the ceremony, Williams said it was “a really good moment.”

Comments

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 9 months ago

Great article. Go Leaper. Congratulations!

mhh1955 4 years, 9 months ago

Todd - ever since we met way back in Kindergarten at Pinckney Elementary - I knew that there was something special about you - you have a lot of class my friend - and you deserve every accolade for it. Congratulations!

Jama Crady Maxfield 4 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations Leaper!!! Great guy who I remember fondly from my days at KU! Wonderful honor for a deserving man!

Beeper 4 years, 9 months ago

You're an inspiration to the people who know you and have watched your loyalty, reliability, steadfast attention to duty, and enthusiasm for what you do. I'm proud to know you and to be a witness to your awesome dedication. There's no stronger KU Jayhawk fan than you, "Leaper."

sisteroutlaw 4 years, 9 months ago

Todd, Your North Carolina Family is bursting with pride for you! Your leadership recognition is well-earned --your family is full of joy that you have won the Gold for Basketball; and especially that you earned the great honor of being the 2010 Most Inspirational Athlete! You are also our most inspirational Uncle and Brother-in-Law! In easy times and in challenging times, you are always the one who "nails" it, giving us the inspiration we need to move forward. You are our coach! We are so deeply proud of you.

Dick Williams 4 years, 9 months ago

This is so well deserved because we may never see another fan of KU Athletics the likes of Todd Williams. He has inspired me for over 40 years and I could not be more proud to call him a friend. Forever, when they tee up the ball for a KU Football kick off I will picture him sprinting across the field to clear the tee off the field.

His knowledge of the history of KU Football and Basketball is unequaled and I guarantee that when we recently lost the second game of the NCAA Basketball tournament with one of, if not the most talented squads to ever grace the Allen Field House basketball court he shook all the players hands and said something positive about next years possibilities without a single complaint about this years early exit.

He truly is magnificent human being.

Dick Williams 4 years, 9 months ago

This is so well deserved because we may never see another fan of KU Athletics the likes of Todd Williams. He has inspired me for over 40 years and I could not be more proud to call him a friend. Forever, when they tee up the ball for a KU Football kick off I will picture him sprinting across the field to clear the tee off the field.

His knowledge of the history of KU Football and Basketball is unequaled and I guarantee that when we recently lost the second game of the NCAA Basketball tournament with one of, if not the most talented squads to ever grace the Allen Field House basketball court he shook all the players hands and said something positive about next years possibilities without a single complaint about this years early exit.

He truly is a magnificent human being.

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