Our Marketing Team Lead, Whitney Walters, explains why she nominated Perry Tuttle to present at TEDxGreenville 2013.
I was about eleven when I first met Perry Tuttle. We had driven to Clemson for Fan Appreciation Day, where my brother, Tyler, and I lined up with hundreds of other kids (and adults alike) to get autographs and pictures in the hot sun. Even though the day was long and the uniform was hot, and he was probably tired of smiling and posing, there he was. He spent a little while with us just talking, asking us about school, what our hobbies were, and grinning in that authentic way he has. All the time, looking us right in the eye. Even though so many looked up to him, he always had a way of making everyone around him feel like the special ones.
Flash forward, I’m in my twenties and I’m picked to host the Tiger Tailgate Show (pre-game football radio show). My co-host is none other than Perry. In those three years, I was witness to the grace that he brings to every situation, the humor that he uses to make others feel comfortable, and the humility that he has in everyday life. For someone who has had so much success, he has handled it beautifully.
About a year ago, Perry told me that he is going through a health challenge that has changed his life and the lives of his entire family. I’m not going to tell his story here; that’s part of what he’ll be presenting at TEDxGreenville this year. But I will say that his story is inspiring beyond what I could relay even if I tried, and it’s much more than a story about disease. It’s a testament to the way that he handles everything, with the grace of a champion.