COLUMBIA — There’s not a lot of time to celebrate winning medals when it comes to William Evans. Success and being an athlete have been a part of a long tradition.
The 32-year-0ld Nevada, Mo., native has been keeping his family’s tradition of sports participation for 20 years. An athlete since elementary school, there’s nothing else that he would sacrifice or give up his time for more than being an athlete.
“It runs in my family. It runs in my blood,” Evans said. “My uncle played basketball. My other uncle played baseball, and my cousins played basketball.”
On Saturday, Evans won first place in the 100 meter relay at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. Later this summer, Evans plans to prepare for football when he helps manage the varsity team of Nevada High School.
Evans has a blue belt in taekwondo and also loves to play basketball. He will start in a bowling league this fall for the Special Olympics.
Evans is recognized across his town as a role model for everything he’s achieved, and he hopes to continue to inspire kids all around his community.
“Every time I go to the school events all the kids know me, we hang out and we go play football together,” Evans said. “I made a decision, and I’m sticking with being an athlete. I want to continue my training and get stronger, faster and continue to inspire kids all around.”