Skateboarding is an extreme sport that takes a tremendous amount of skill, balance, coordination, and fearlessness. Now the world is being introduced to skateboarder Tommy Carroll who has all of that, and then some. Carroll was born with retinal cancer, which left him blind at the age of 2. His lack of sight didn't keep him from his passions, whether it is playing the drums or hitting the halfpipes. He spent hours honing his skateboarding skills and learning to assess his moves by listening to the sounds of his wheels on different surfaces.
A video of Carroll on Vimeo has been viewed more than 500,000 times. It's part of the Dutch retailer Perry Sport's "Be Brave Be Safe" campaign to bring awareness to the importance of wearing protective gear while skateboarding. Says Carroll, "Everybody should know that everything happens for a reason, and that there is always a way to overcome an obstacle if you really want it enough." He plans to take the initiative one step further by setting up a skateboarding club to promote protective gear at Northwestern University, where he is a sophomore.