2018 Speaker: Dr. Travis Freeman

Travis spent his early childhood in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, skiing its lakes with his parents on their boat, playing games with his friends, and dreaming of the day he’d play for the Corbin Redhounds.

At 12 years old, Travis became sick with what was eventually diagnosed as Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis (CST). It had settled and taken hold, masquerading for nine days as nothing more than a severe headache. After the surgery that saved his life, Travis lost his eyesight.

After a year of adjusting to life in the dark, Travis joined the football team his eighth grade year as center. Together, they won their conference championship. Travis continued to play all four years of high school. His story made its way to New York and was featured on TODAYDateline, and other national media.

Travis obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, where he also served its football team as an equipment manager. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Travis now resides in Williamsburg, KY with his wife Stephanie, and is an adjunct professor at University of the Cumberlands. He also serves as CEO of the Freeman Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the truth that:


The true life story of Travis is now the inspiration for a major motion picture, 23 BLAST” that hit theatres in October 2014. The film focuses on Travis’s football career playing Center for the Corbin Redhounds–a team that went on to make the playoffs.



Past Speakers
2017 Lt Gov. Jenean Hampton
2016 Jeff Brohm, WKU Football Head Coach
2015 Brandon Doughty (WKU Football, Quarterback) and Shea Lunsford Mahoney (Former Lady Topper)
2012 Colonel Paul Longgrear
2011 Cameron Mills, former UK basketball standout
2010 (held Jan. 2011) Gayle Erwin
2009 Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell
2008 Barbara Cameron, Image Development
2007 Joe Hurston, Air Mobile Ministries
2006 David Grizzle, Continental Airlines
2005 Tim Philpot, former Kentucky State Senator
2004 Tim Riley, Basketball coach at Warren Central High School
2003 Keith Wheeler, World-Wide Evangelist
2002 Cecil Flowe, Head Football Coach, Parkview H.S., Georgia
2001 Mike Rogers, Businessman and Author
2000 Russell O’Quinn, World-renown test fighter pilot
1999 Mac McNair, Decorated War Hero
1998 Dave Frost, Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
1997 Joe Foss, Featured in The Greatest Generation, book
1996 Don Hodel, Secretary of the Interior, Reagan Administration
1995 Doug Mazza, CFO, Hyundai Corporation
1994 Bill Armstrong, US Senator, Colorado
1993 Adolph Coors IV, Great Grandson to founder of Coors Brewery