Inside HOKIE SPORTS | Vol. 15 No. 3 | December 2022

Scholarship Impact 25 By Bailey Angle Kahleje “KJ” Tillmon’s positivity and charisma consistently shine through any adversity that stands in his path. “I was always the type tomakepeople laugh,”saidTillmon, a sophomore sprinter originally from Philadelphia. “Whenever I meet somebody, it’s all love. I never have bad intentions or anything like that.” In May 2022, Tillmon’s ability to shatter the daunting challenges in front of him culminated in being awarded a full scholarship to continue running track at Virginia Tech. The former walkon gleamed with sincere appreciation when he took a small moment to reflect on what that moment meant for him. “I definitely cried. It was just like a weight lifted off my shoulders. The first thing I was thinking was: ‘Thank you, grandmother,” Tillmon recalled, whose grandmother passed away the day after his 19th birthday. “’Mama, I lifted this weight off your shoulder. My family, I did this for you.’” Continued on page 26