Even though this story starts in Columbus, hopefully CLE is the next destination on this man’s incredible journey. By now, most of you have probably seen the video of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the “golden voice.”
Mr. Williams is a former radio announcer who lost his job when he became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Now two years sober, Mr. Williams was discovered while panhandling around the Columbus area. The video of Mr. Williams went viral on YouTube. One thing led to another and Mr. Williams found himself on the Today Show. But, even more importantly, he was able to reunite with his 90-year-old mother, whom he hadn’t seen in years.
Mr. Williams has now been offered a job with our own Cleveland Cavaliers as an announcer. As of this posting, Mr. Williams has not officially accepted the Cavs’ offer, which includes a two-year contract and living expenses, although he expressed great interest when interviewed by Fox 8 News.
There are cynics who would say that the Cavs are looking for a gimmick, after losing some big name stars. But this blogger thinks that the Cavs’ offer showcases one of the best things about CLE – our willingness to help others, especially those who display determination, pride, talent, and a personal commitment to bettering their life. If you’d like to hear Mr. Williams’ amazing voice at the Q, click here and leave a comment.
Mr. Williams and the Cavs are both a great dose of Friday inspiration. Life can turn on a dime and you never know what amazing possibilities are in store, if you just have faith. And when you see someone whose life you can make even better, go right ahead and do it. Have a great weekend! Do something inspiring!