FLORIDA – Joseph Willis

9th Annual POWER SHOWCASE HOME RUN DERBY
“FUTURE STARS”
Florida Representative

 

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Joey Willis

RHP / 3B

5’3 / 117

AGE: 11

 

PLAYING IN:

FUTURE STARS ROOKIES
F.S. AMERICAN *P3

Joey is a player that treats the game, teammates, and coaches with all respect.  He plays with passion and at a high level.  Joey is an all-around player, he can play all positions. Joey is a very good hitter with power and great contact.  Joey is a great team player and will do anything to get his team a victory.  Joey is a great power pitcher with very good fastball, curveball, and change up.  His fastball fly’s out of his hands with lots of power.  His curve ball is a 12/6 with a hard break. His changeup will drop outside to get the ground ball he needs.  When you give Joey the ball you can always expect him to give you all he has.  He is a great kid and great player to watch play.

Humberto Bencomo / Manager Team MVP Legends 11U


 

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ATHLETIC INFORMATION
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Showcase State: FL


Primary Pos: RHP

Secondary Pos: 3B

Bat: Right

Throw: Right

BTA: .620

HRs Hit SPRING: x

Arm Velocity (MPH): x

Run Time 60: x

SCHOOL INFORMATION
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Grade:  6

All Saints Academy
Winter Haven FL

T.L. / S.L.  Coach: Eddie Bermudez

954-274-7812
PL BULLDOGS

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Michael & Jennifer Willis
Winter Haven, FL

863-481-4142
teamfire@tampabay.rr.com

863-287-3405
jlwillis13@tampabay.rr.com

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Joey  has partnered with Cooper Hicks for Home Runs that Help

Joey has partnered with his newest friend, Edward Cooper Hicks, for Home Runs that Help.

Known by everyone as Cooper, he and Joey hit it off from the start and are looking forward to building a lifelong bond. Joey calls Cooper his “home run buddy”.

Cooper is an 8 year old boy that is full of life and will be normal acting 1 minute and 5 minutes later could be in an ambulance or hospital.

He is a very bright, unique child who is constantly cold and wears jackets, gloves or socks as gloves, jeans and long sleeve shirts no matter how hot or cold it is.

At the age of 1, Cooper began having seizures and was diagnosed with Epilepsy on both sides of the frontal brain. He would bang his head as hard as he could, bite himself until he bled and had to wear a helmet to prevent any serious brain injury.

He couldn’t deal with changes or people so he played by himself and no other children unless they were people he was accustomed to. It is and has always been extremely hard to go to stores or dinner with Cooper. Cooper is very bright and was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s, a high functioning form of autism, which is why he has trouble with social functions.

Cooper hardly eats full meals, he only nibbles on things.

When Cooper started school he had to be placed in self-contained classes known as ESE classes, due to stimulation issues. He doesn’t go to the cafeteria, and his interaction in situations where there is a lot of loud noises, bright lights or people, and changes in routine completely stress him out.

The simplest play for a child who is 8 is too much for him to handle.

At 8 years old, Cooper’s weight stays at 35-40lbs.

Cooper is always complaining of pain, deals with sickness, turns white as a sheet of paper, runs fevers for no reason but for only a short period, passes out, and his blood pressure drops. He deals with numerous genetic, cardiology, neurology, E.N.T. (ear, nose, and throat) and hematology issues.

He is under the supervision of an oncologist for reason of major testing.

His cardiologist couldn’t find anything major with the exception of tachycardia, rapid heartbeat.

Cooper and his family have traveled to Chicago three times where he was finally diagnosed with DYSAUTONOMIA (an umbrella term used to describe several different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the “automatic” functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, and temperature control). People living with various forms of dysautonomia have trouble regulating these systems, which can result in lightheadedness, fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, malnutrition, and in severe cases, death.

Cooper also has a metabolic disorder known as MITOCHONDRIAL disease (which is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell. Mitochondria are found in every cell of the human body except red blood cells, and they convert the energy of food molecules into the ATP that powers most cell functions).

Cooper is also severely flat footed and wears foot braces due to break down of tissue. He had to be fitted with pediatric wheel chair. The team of doctors are trying to prevent him from being in his wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Cooper has therapy and aquatic therapy 3 days a week. He routinely sees cardiologist and neurologist at All Children’s Hospital and goes to pain management, Rheumatology, Hematology, Oncology and Genetics specialist at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Orlando or Panama City depending how far his appointments are out.

Joey will be playing for his buddy Cooper and to help raise awareness for Cooper and children who are suffering from the same issues he struggles with every day.