Bill was selected to receive the Peoples' Champion Award in 2019 by the The National Strength and Power Hall of Fame.  The award is given to the individual who has gone above and beyond for charitable causes and for the furthering of society in general. 

Bill gives free motivational speeches to schools and not for profit organizations, runs youth outreach programs, conducts powerlifting seminars, and never turns away a request for a picture or autograph.  As his coach Larry Bucchioni has said, "Bill is truly the Peoples' Champion!  No one does more for a community than Bill.  He's a teacher, strength coach, volunteer for the Special Olympics, involved in every local charity possible, always gives time to the fans, and never turns anyone away.  Bill is a class act and there is no better ambassador for strength sports than Bill.  It's no wonder why everyone loves him!"