Getting a second chance

Board member Roland Moseley knows the importance of shooting for the future.  At 13, he was riding his bike when he was hit by a car and suffered a spinal cord injury. Roland describes himself as “a typical teenager” at the time of the accident – “a little rebellious – not the greatest student,” themes you’ll see repeated in his story.

Roland spent the next five years in and out of the hospital. He missed a lot of school and was 18 when he entered the tenth grade. Uncomfortable with being the older kid, he quit school, got his GED, and enrolled at Trident Technical College, in Charleston, SC. His best buddy talked him into going to Middle Tennessee State University. A little rebellion and too many good times sent Roland back home after a year.

Thanks to a family friend, Roland got a job in accounting. Life was good. He got married, quit his job and opened a pizza restaurant. Then things fell apart. The business went bankrupt and eviction notices arrived. Roland couldn’t find a job. It was time to go back to school.

“Most of us need a college degree to be successful. This is especially true if you have physical limitations from a spinal cord injury.  There are fewer job opportunities. You can’t mow lawns or paint to make ends meet,” said Roland.  At 28, he went back to MTSU and graduated with a degree in finance. He has had a successful career at Cat Financial for over 15 years.

Roland has proven to be a great student of life. When he was knocked down, he rolled on. He channels his “rebellious” side into advocating for others with spinal cord injuries. “That’s why I’m so passionate about the work of Shoot for the Future. I want everyone with a spinal cord injury to get the chance and second chance that I’ve had.”