UC’s Dr. Travis Freeman Introduces Foundation And Book

23 Blast

Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) adjunct professor, Dr. Travis Freeman, had a busy summer with the establishment of his new foundation, The Freeman Foundation and the upcoming releases of his new book, “Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World,” and the major motion picture based on his book and his life story, “23 Blast.”

At the age of 12, Freeman was diagnosed with Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis (CST), which left him completely blind after an emergency surgery to remove the infection. Through the support and prayers of his community, Freeman pulled through and fulfilled his dream of playing high school football at Corbin High School.

Since the production of the film, Freeman received motivation from his friend, Greg Fast, to start a foundation. Freeman began The Freeman Foundation in May 2014 with the purpose of empowering those with disabilities and equipping the sighted world to engage with the blind.

“Disability does not equal inability,” Freeman said, citing the Foundation’s driving message.

Along with creating the Foundation, Freeman co-wrote “Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World” with Rebeca DeBoard Seitz. The book, which will be released on Oct. 7th, discloses the true story of Freeman’s life. “23 Blast” is inspired by the true events from “Lights Out: Living in a Sightless World” and it premieres Oct. 24th in theaters nationwide.

The book includes tips for interacting with blind people, pictures from Freeman’s life and interviews with his parents. According to Freeman, the book serves to inspire people to overcome life’s obstacles.

“We all have disabilities and obstacles, but we can overcome all of them and not be defeated,” Freeman said.

Since the first announcement of “23 Blast,” the city of Corbin, Ky. and its citizens came together for filming and some of Corbin’s natives took part in getting the story to the big screen. Toni Hoover, the mother of Freeman’s football teammate, came to him with the idea of developing a portion of his life story and turning it into a screenplay.

“I am so excited about this opportunity,” Freeman said. “This has been an extremely humbling experience for me. I have enjoyed it, especially the interaction with the cast and crew. I feel that they have learned a lot more than they expected to about blindness.”

Later in Freeman’s life, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. He then earned his Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently an adjunct professor in religion at UC and hopes to become a full-time professor.

“I look forward to seeing how all this develops and the opportunities that arise,” Freeman said. “No matter what, I plan on working at UC full-time. I really do love teaching His word and in my way, I am an advocate for what He can do.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant