Bloomington, IN, December 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- A Face of Courage.
The ultimate story of overcoming the odds.
As many young blacks growing up in poverty will attest to, it is hard to keep on the straight and narrow. Around every corner is the temptation to turn to drugs, gangs and violence and Tommy Watson knows as well as anyone about this enticement. Struggling to overcome physical abuse, abandonment and drug problems, Watson shares his inspiring story in A Face of Courage: The Tommy Watson Story.
Growing up in the Five Points area of Denver, Col., he had more than a couple of strikes against him. Out on the streets he was witness to violence and drug trafficking, but it was his parents’ addiction to heroin and his father’s violent temper that left a lasting impression on Watson.
“I could have easily turned to drugs and gangs the way so many of my friends did,” Watson said. “But, I vowed that I wanted to be better than that, I wanted to be better than my father who used his fists to solve problems, rather than his mind.”
As a child Watson and his siblings were often left uncared for and unsupervised as his parents found their way in and out of prison for their illegal means of employment. As a teenager though, Watson turned to basketball and football and found great success on the football field. He rode that success to the University of Minnesota where he played college football.
“The team environment that I found on the field filled a void within my life,” Watson said. “So many others that were close to me, including my siblings, filled that void by joining gangs.”
Watson was consumed by his dreams of playing in the NFL, but a career-ending injury shattered his dreams and left him once again searching for his path in life. Instead of giving up, Watson focused on his education and decided that he wanted to help young people like himself, so he became a teacher.
A Face of Courage is an open, honest portrayal of Watson’s life, and in it he shares with sincerity many of the trials he has encountered. He shares his failures and his success and hopes that through his story he can help to inspire others like him to choose the right path and free themselves from the streets.
“It’s difficult to overcome a self-fulfilling prophecy of life on the streets,” Watson said. “But through my story I hope to teach others facing similar challenges, that you truly can overcome anything if you work hard enough.”
About the author
Watson has a bachelor of science, a master of educational administration, and an advanced graduate degree in K–12 administration. He is working on his Doctorate of Education and works as a school principal in Minnesota. He is married and has four children.
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