A love for athletics, coupled with a strong sense of responsibility to his community, inspired former K-State and NFL player Thomas Hill to create a fitness program that has reached thousands of children in the Phoenix area.
After graduating from K-State with a bachelor's degree in social sciences, Hill was selected as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in the 2004 NFL draft. He traveled the NFL circuit and then decided to settle in the Phoenix area in 2005.
Hill now owns an inflatable equipment company with his wife, Jane. Hill's daughter, Jada, inspired him to create Bounce Boot Camp, a children's fitness program that uses inflatable equipment, such as castles, slides and obstacle courses.
Hill's innovative business has been featured on ABC's Shark Tank.
"My goal was to get kids active but provide an atmosphere where it isn't about being the best athlete," Hill said. "If kids are having fun, they have no clue they are burning calories and getting into shape."
Hill attributes K-State head football coach Bill Snyder and the university for teaching him values he uses in his own business.
Taking responsibility for the future. That’s the Wildcat Way.