by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Overcoming Adversity

faces_bowman2Last October, Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) senior Antonio Bowman was seriously injured during his high school football game. “I was taken out of the game by the referee due to a bloody nose caused by a hit the play before,” recalled Antonio. “As I was on the sideline getting ready to go back into the game, my legs started to shake, then slowly my whole body. I couldn’t keep my balance as I fell to my knees. My head started pounding and vision was becoming weak and blurry.” The next thing Antonio remembered was waking up in the hospital. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury that caused swelling to the left side of his brain. “The doctors had to remove a large piece of my skull from the left side of my head to reduce the swelling,” described Antonio.

Despite the doctors’ predictions that Antonio would remain in the hospital for several weeks, Antonio was released after just five days and his recovery has been steady. “I was up and slowly walking by day two in the hospital,” explained Antonio. “I was doing things that weren’t expected from me at that moment of the recovery. (The doctors) think my speedy recovery was due to how physically in shape I was.”

Antonio – who currently wears a protective helmet until he is able to get his second surgery to reinsert a portion of his skull – continues to improve. “There aren’t just certain people who have helped me through my recovery, but the whole community,” stated Antonio. “The whole county has reached out to me and my family in some way.”


Name: Antonio Bowman
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Family: Mom – Sandra; Brothers – Markeith, Anthony, Jakob;
Sisters – Marisol, Elenh, Amaya

Hobbies & Interests: Photography, cooking, hiking, fishing, and basketball

After his upcoming surgery, Antonio plans to get back to his everyday routines: school, working, hanging out with friends and getting back in shape. “At school I do track and field,” said Antonio, “And I am a member of the ASB team. I also really like sports photography,” he added. “It’s very fun to me and it surrounds me by sports which I absolutely love.”

Unfortunately, for safety reasons, Antonio cannot continue to play football. “After the accident the doctors told me I wasn’t able to play ever again,” shared Antonio. “It really hurts because I was planning on playing at the collegiate level.” But Antonio has other plans for his future. “I plan on graduating with my class in June,” said Antonio, who has been home-schooled during his recovery. “I plan on attending college either at a university or junior college, majoring in communication, journalism, or maybe business.”


Despite his disappointment with being unable to play football, Antonio remains positive and hopes that his story will serve as an inspiration to other athletes. “To all young athletes, the advice I have is to play every play like it’s your last,” shared Antonio. “Listen to your coaches, push yourself and your teammates to the best of your abilities, and most importantly, believe in yourself and never let anyone say you can’t do it!”