Dancing with the Stars Season 20’s star-studded cast has just been announced on Good Morning America, and we’re already convinced that this season will be unmissable.
Some of the biggest names in the celeb world are getting ready to compete for their chance to win the mirror-ball trophy, and the contestants include Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter, actress Rumer Willis, American football player Michael Sam, singer Patti LaBelle, Carl Jr.’s Super Bowl ad model Charlotte McKinney and U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway.
In case you are unfamiliar with Noah Galloway, who will be paired with Sharna Burgess on the show, here are some things that you should know about him.
1. Galloway is an Iraq war veteran
During his second tour of duty, on Dec. 19, 2005, Sergeant Noah Galloway was involved in an IED attack that resulted in him losing his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee.
2. He dropped out of college after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
According to Men’s Health, Galloway attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but he dropped out after the planes hit the twin towers, and went to Iraq to serve his country instead.
3. He was featured on the cover of Men’s Health
Galloway was featured on the cover of Men’s Health magazine in November of last year, and was named the publication’s 2014 Ultimate Guy.
4. Fitness changed his life
There was a time after Galloway’s injuries that he became depressed and withdrawn, spending his days smoking, drinking and sleeping.
“I’d sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep. That’s all I did,” he told Men’s Health. But that changed when he realized that his life was not over and it was time to get back in shape.
5. He is now a fitness trainer and motivational speaker
Galloway has always been a fitness fanatic and after his life-changing injury, that did not change. He continues to train hard and compete in races and events. He is also a motivational speaker who inspires and encourages others to overcome the odds.
6. He is from Birmingham, Alabama
The headline says it all: Galloway is an Alabama boy. He still lives in the Southern state but is now a resident of Alabaster.
7. He is a dad of three
Galloway is the proud father of two boys, Jack and Colston, and one girl, Rian Elizabeth.
8. He launched the No Excuses Charitable Fund
Following his injury, Galloway has started a charity with the aim of raising money and awareness for organizations that are dear to his heart, especially those that are fitness related, which he credits for saving his life.
Noah Galloway is an inspiration for many reasons, and he is definitely going to be one to watch on Dancing with the Stars when it begins on March 16 on ABC.