Levis plan to help enrich the lives of those with disabilities started from a young age and personal place. His mother has run Louisville Metro Parks Adaptive Sports Program for the last 30 years, so Levis was consistently around people with disabilities from a young age.
“As a toddler, I used to be rocked to sleep by wheelchair users. And so as I grew up, being around people with disabilities was something I thought was normal. I pursued friendships and those relationships because I did not see what society typically sees," said Levis.
While attending Western Kentucky University and trying to decide on what to do for his career, Levis drew inspiration and drive from those who helped him in his adolescence. “They made a huge impact on me and I wanted other people to experience that. So, finding ways to help them experience that was kind of my mission," said Levis.
Levis teaches Recreation classes at Western Kentucky University as a graduate student. One of his students, Madison Duncan (center), initially met Cameron through a mutual friend and he helped her with adaptive shot-put. “Theres not as many opportunities as there are for able bodied people... I love doing all the sports. It’s a different way to get exercise while also helping the people in Bowling Green see that people with disabilities aren’t so different,” said Duncan.
While the program in itself is young, the motives behind it have been with Levis almost his whole life. “My parents got divorced when I was eight, so it was just me and my mom. So, you know, I was either going to be that little pest kid that ran around and didn’t want to take hold of it and see the great things that she was doing. Or, I could see the great things that she was doing, learn from it, and then one day try to do the same thing," said Levis.