JT Townsend, Jr. was a senior at Episcopal High School in 2004 when he was hit on the football field and suffered a near-fatal spinal injury. After undergoing multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy, JT was ready to return home, but his home was not wheelchair accessible. Moved by his story, pro golfer Fred Funk, with the help of his fans, decided to build a wheelchair accessible home for JT.
This act of kindness touched JT who became determined to repay his community by paying it forward. With less than two years in existence as a 501c3 nonprofit, The JT Townsend Foundation has been able to help over 40 people on the First Coast by providing more than $90,000 in adaptive equipment and financial assistance.
The JT Townsend Foundation’s mission is to help adults and children living on the First Coast with disabilities with adaptive equipment or financial assistance and fund spinal cord injury research.
JT will be receiving the HandsOn Willing and Able Award at Celebrate!GOOD on April 18, 2013.