I hope you all are doing great! This is normally the part where I fill you in on what I'm up to, but this month, I decided to change things up. I met this amazing mom, (Julie Eigsti) who shared her powerful story to me about her son who is on the autism spectrum. I wanted to give her this platform to share. Check out her story below in her words.
Did you know that the definition of COURAGE is having the strength to overcome fear and carry on against difficulties? Doing what you are afraid of! When I think of courage, I think of my son and all the other people on the AUTISM spectrum, they are the most courageous people I know!
Joel was diagnosed at the age of three, it seemed that overnight he went from a calm, happy child to one who was screaming all the time. We felt like someone had kidnapped our beautiful boy and we just wanted him back. Our world was turned upside down trying to find the answers to help our son. Everyday was spent doing therapy, seeing doctors, and putting into practice what we had learned. It amazed me the perseverance Joel had through it all, even though we continually pushed him to grow. He was diagnosed with severe anxiety at age 5 y/o, at this point we couldn't take him anywhere without him having a panic attack. This had a lot to do with his sensory processing disorder that comes along with autism. This is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in from the senses. For Joel everything was painfully loud, bright, dizzying to look at with too much information coming at him, (think teacups at Disneyland, on super speed with bright lights and loud music!), it was to much. Thankfully Joel has bravely made so much progress in this area, and we are so proud of him.
I always knew Joel was bright and intelligent, even though it took him longer to talk he still learned the alphabet and would form all the letters out with sticks, rocks, or toys! He was SO curious, always wanting to learn new things. School was always a challenge for him, dealing with the sensory issues, (remember the teacups, now add little children to the equation!), and he was also diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia (writing disability). The school district just did not have the ability to help him, he left feeling “stupid” and having gained anxiety issues about school. Joel entered another school for two years that had special education, here he did learn to read but was bullied, and the school disregarded him as “unable to learn”. I absolutely knew this was not true and that we just had not found a school that knew how to teach him correctly! I stepped out in faith on that slim thread of hope and found another school for Joel. The second year he was there he went up THREE grade levels in all subjects!!! He stopped saying he was stupid everyday and grew in confidence! Wherever you are at there is always HOPE, don't give up!
Joel has a very sweet, gentle, and generous nature. He always amazes me with how willing he is to freely share with others. Unfortunately, some take advantage of this. Joel was assaulted on the school bus this year, which led to some crippling anxiety. When we notified the school of what was happening, though they found video evidence, they did not remove the offender from Joel's classroom. Because of this he could continue harassing Joel in the classroom setting. At this point we were advised by Joel's Dr. that we needed to remove Joel from this school, that he was having a PTSD like reaction from the assault and continued bulling, without support from the staff. It's hard to express just how painful it is to watch your child suffer like this. I knew I could not give up hope, as previous experience had taught me, the answers were out there and God would be with us.
We were so grateful to find Brightmont, where Joel could learn in a 1:1 setting and thrilled that they had a scholarship through TeamWinfrey. Though there are still challenging days ahead of us, the future now seems possible. We feel hopeful that Joel will have a safe place to continue his education while he recovers. Thank you for taking the time to read this and supporting those on the spectrum! If we all do a little we can change the world, one kindness at a time. ❤ Julie Eigsti
Well June is here and we are at the halfway point of the year and it's been pretty good for me. I have had a setback with my back, but I'm feeling good and hope to get back out and start practicing this weekend! I hurt my self playing in a event at Suncadia. I tried to play a shot out of the water and slipped and fell on my back and even though I finished the event, I felt horrible the next day and had to get checked out. With rest, treatment, and plenty of stretching, I hope to resume the consistency I found up to this point. My game was definitely trending upward. I'm hopeful that I will be able to play in my summer series events this month. The next time I'm in tournament action will be in July and that gives me plenty of time to work my way back into golf shape.
This month I will also be returning to the radio as my show The Elijah Winfrey Podcast will be back with a co host each month, as we talk about autism, homelessness, and low income families. Day and time will be announced soon.
My nonprofit organization ( TeamWinfrey) is doing well. Thank you all for the donations you have given us! We really need your help more than ever as we hope to deliver a scholarship to a wonderful individual later this year. I had the opportunity to meet Julie Eigsti and listen to her heart breaking story about her son Joel and as I sat there, I thought to myself, There has to be a way to stop the bullying in this world. Joel is a awesome young man on the autism spectrum who really wants to learn and be successful. I'm asking all of you to donate and help us deliver this scholarship to Joel. I'm hoping to have Joel and his family as my guest at my charity golf event in August. $5, $10, $100, or any amount is a start. This scholarship ensures that Joel gets the one on one teaching he needs and I want to make that happen.
This month I will be visiting The Miracle League of Vancouver to thank the wonderful families for presenting me with the wonderful plaque this spring. This spring we awarded 22 scholarships to kids with special needs and it was amazing. This is what giving back is all about! I love what I do and the smiles on their faces is priceless. I'm so excited to see them next week.
Finally I want to thank all of you for supporting what I do. You continue to inspire me and I feel that energy. I want to also shout out Tammy Wilson who I work with at Rachel Carson Elementary. Tammy is such an incredible woman and her work ethic is unbelievable. To all the teachers at Rachel Carson, keep up the great work! You all are my role models and your work does not go unnoticed. Let's all head into the second half of the year full of confidence and continue to make someone or something better!
Well, we are almost halfway thru the year and I hope you have met your goals thus far. For me it's been a great start, as my volunteering at a local elementary school has been amazing! My nonprofit organization has also begun the year strong. As you all are aware, last month was autism awareness month and even though I feel that every month is autism awareness month, April was vital for many reasons. I was unable to walk for autism this year, but we did raise money to help students on the spectrum receive one on one teaching. I want to thank all those who donated to help us. Please feel free to donate anytime. We still have our scholarship program that helps students as well. As I and others continue to raise awareness, we stress that the kids and adults on the spectrum want acceptance, patience, and understanding. We all in turn must continue to educate ourselves and others to insure a quality of life for us all.
My radio show (The Elijah Winfrey Show) will return June 13th and I'm super excited about that! It's another platform to raise awareness and give back to the community. Each month I will have a different co host as we tackle topics like autism, homelessness and underprivileged youth. I will take the show on the road with me and it will also be available via podcast on iTunes.
Here's a update on my golf season so far. this past weekend I finished 4th, which is a big step in the right direction for me. I'm still having trouble with consistency, but with a ton of events this month I look to solve that issue. My ball striking has been decent and my short game has really bailed me out of some tough spots. This week I travel to eastern Washington for my next two events and the weather is suppose to be great. June will also be busy with a lot of charity events. My summer series will kick off at chambers bay followed by a trip to Oregon.
Thank you all for the continued support on all of the social media platforms Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. I appreciate the love. Continued success to all of you and remember to always make someone or something better.
Hello Folks! The year is starting to pick up as we are now in the month of April! This is Autism awareness month and even though every day I feel we should be raising awareness, this month is very important to families who have kids on the spectrum. Autism affects 1 in 68 and the numbers are growing every day. It’s up to all of us to educate ourselves and others on this and help in any way we can. As an advocate my job is to speak for those who need a voice. Those who are often judged in the wrong way and for those who are working with families. My niece and nephew have autism and I’m doing everything in my power to advocate for them. My niece is doing very well in school and loves Barbie dolls. Myiesha has a beautiful smile and gives great hugs! My nephew graduated high school last year and I was there to watch him receive his diploma. It was a very emotional moment for me. He also runs my websites and does a great job!! He loves wheel of fortune, drawing, and sending me Facebook messages. As we move forward be the spark and the energy for families that need you!
As most of you know, I volunteer at Rachel Carson Elementary. It has been a blast working in the cafeteria with the wonderful Mrs. Tammy who makes things look so easy. The students are very respectful and I talk with a few of them about basketball. The teachers and staff are amazing! My interaction with them is something I don’t take for granted. Sometimes we forget that the role models are the teachers in the classrooms getting our kids ready for the real world. I try my best to let them know how much they mean to me and others. As a veteran, I have a lot of folks who come up to me to thank me for my service and I’m very appreciative of that, but I would never have gotten that far without the teachers who work night and day to make sure I have the tools needed to be successful. Mary, Kelsie, Mitzi, Stacey, Molly, Julie, Jen, Paige, Janet, Char W., Shar, Anna, Nurse Lisa, ML, Kimberly, Lisa D., Andrea, April, Sylvia, Rod, Kirsten, Joanne, LT, Kayco, Megan, Peter, Steven, Mr. Sparkuhl, Amy, Laura R., Jody, Kelsey, Cheryl, Amy K., and all the teachers and staff, thank you for being the role models to the next group of leaders. I appreciate all of you and your work does not go unnoticed.
My nonprofit organization TeamWinfrey is doing well! We look forward to adopting more families this year and an announcement for my charity golf event will be coming this month. I have an amazing team that is always trying to help individuals live better lives. We are still in need of donations as we continue to create scholarships for students on the autism spectrum to receive one on one teaching. Visit teamwinfrey.org and donate today.
My golf season started last month and I won my first event! I’m still not sure where my game is because one event doesn’t really tell you much. I hit the ball well, but I also made some poor decisions which almost cost me. I have two events this month before things really pick up. Chambers Bay is up next and while I love the layout and scenery, I have a love hate relationship with the course. Last year I played probably my worst round of the year there, but this year I hope to bounce back.
I want to thank you as always for hitting up my site and supporting what I do! It means a lot. Take care and I’ll catch up with you next month!
Those that can do. Those that can’t, talk about those that can. Be a leader not a follower.
It's March and I'm ready to get the season started. I have a full schedule this year and I'm ready to go. The weather here in the pacific northwest hasn't been great and it's limited my off season practice. I have however worked hard on the things I needed to work on. It's going to take me a little time to get use to my new equipment. I love the feel of my irons and woods. The Titleist pro v1x is pretty good. You never truly know what you have until you enter a tournament and you are put under pressure, so I can't wait for that. I always look forward to representing my autism, homeless, & underprivileged communities. This year will be filled with a heavy heart as I will honor and dedicate my season to my dad. He loved golf and I really enjoyed our conversations about the game. We only played nine holes together once and though we both had fun, I wish I could have played more with him. Win or lose this year, I will play as hard as I can and think of him over every shot! I look forward to playing in Washington State, Las Vegas, & California. I've never been to California so I'm excited about that. I'm also excited about the summer series matches I have scheduled and just added, a one on one match against my good friend Quentin Corr.
Thank you for the continued support here on my website and across all social media platforms. Have a great month and continue to make someone or something better!
I hope all is well with everyone. The year for me is starting to pick up as I'm about a month or so away to starting my golf season. My practice sessions are going ok. I still have a lot of work to do to get ready so I've had to change some things in order to focus and prepare properly. My radio show which was doing very well had to stop for the moment. It will however return very soon and I hope to have some new features like a monthly co host to continue my efforts to giving back to the community. My body feels pretty good as I have added about 10 pounds of muscle which will help me with stamina during my rounds. I look forward to representing my communities in what will be a busy season. I will play in 16 events which include my match play events and skins game. As far as my charity event in August, I really do want to play in it this year and I have every intention to. I miss playing in my event and that's the only time I get to tee it up with the guys who support what I do. It's going to take a little time to get used to my new equipment, but I'm looking forward to it!
My charity golf event, The Elijah Winfrey Invitational will be played on the 25th of August. I'm still working on finding a course to host the event. The Home Course is still in play but there is now a mystery course that I'm talking with and I hope to have a home for the event by next week. This will be the 8th year of the charity event which helps raise awareness for autism, homelessness, low income families and underprivileged youth. All the proceeds benefit TeamWinfrey as we continue to give back to the community and each year we get bigger and bigger. As I said before, I truly hope to play this year.
TeamWinfrey is doing very well. We still need your help in getting scholarships for kids on the autism spectrum and help them get the teaching they need to be successful. By donating, you are doing just that! Visit TeamWinfrey.org and donate today.
As always, I appreciate your support here and on all social media platforms. My goal in life is to try my best to make someone or something better and using my platforms to do just that. Take care and I'll catch you on the flip side.
It's 2017 and I'm ready to tackle the new year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. I'm excited about the upcoming golf season. I'm currently working on my game and even though it's cold here in the pacific northwest, I'm still able to get out and work with my new clubs from Mizuno. I'm playing the MP25 irons, the JPX EZ driver, three wood, mizuno s5 wedges, scotty cameron putter and the titleist pro v1x. I know it's going to take some time to adjust to the new equipment, but I'm already feeling like each session is getting better. This season will be a special and emotional one for me as I will dedicate it to my father who passed away a week before Thanksgiving. He loved golf and was very happy to see me play. He now has a front row seat and I can't wait to tee it up.
My nonprofit organization TeamWinfrey had a great 2016, and we look forward to another big year ahead. We hope to have a list of fundraising events very soon so please be sure to check out teamwinfrey.org for those details. I would like to shout out my team. Lisa and Vickie do a tremendous job and I'm very grateful for the hard work they put in.
My radio show (The Elijah Winfrey Show) is doing well. I've had some fantastic guests on who are doing wonderful things in the community! I would like to thank everyone at KKNW Alternative Talk Radio for making me feel part of the tremendous team you have there.
Last but not least, I want to thank all of you who support me here and on other social media platforms. I wish you all the best this year and remember that you are the star and director of your life. Take ownership of it and enjoy the journey. embrace the ups and downs that will come your way and live up to your expectations, not the ones others have set for you. Be true to yourself and I promise you, great things will happen.
Can you believe that the year is almost over! Gosh it went by fast! This year has been full of ups and downs for me. TeamWinfrey is in a good place as we get ready to hand out toys and other gifts to families. I want to thank all of you who donated to insure these families have a good holiday season. I'm looking forward to playing Santa and going out in the neighborhood and surprising kids. It's really a treat for me because it makes me feel so good when I see the smile on their faces. As we wrap up another strong year for TeamWinfrey, I want to remind all of you that you can donate at any time. We hope to have a sponsor next year that will also boost our scholarship fund for kids on the autism spectrum to help them graduate high school and receive the one on one teaching they need. We hope to have our yearly 2017 events schedule ready by the middle of January. Thank you all for the support you continue to show my nonprofit organization.
My golf season this year was good. I made steady progress all year and was proud of the way I played. My body held up really well and I look forward to another strong season. I'm currently working on my schedule for next year that will include three one on one match play events against some great friends of mine and I'm excited about that. I'm also excited to announce that I will be playing new clubs next year. I will be playing Mizuno MP-25 irons and the JPX EZ driver & three wood. It will take a while to get use to the feel of the clubs but that's why you practice. the rest of my bag will include Mizuno S5 wedges and a scotty Cameron putter. I wish the season started today. I want to also thank Custom golf bags for making my golf bags. I'm very grateful for the friendship and support and can't wait to display the latest bag they made for me.
My radio show is doing really well. I've had some great guest on and the support has been amazing! Feel free to check me out every Tuesday at 5:30pm pst on Alternative Talk Radio 1150AM. "The Elijah Winfrey Show"
On a somber note, this holiday season has been very tough and emotional for me. As most of you know, I lost my dad one week before Thanksgiving and it's been hard to move forward. My pop was a great man who worked really hard to make sure me along with my sister were doing the right things in life. I owe my pop a lot. I'm so glad he got to see his grandson this fall and I'm glad I got to spend some time with him this past summer. He told me something a long time ago that the hardest thing I will ever do is be myself in a world that will try very hard to change you and what you stand for. at the time, i didn't understand it, but as I've gotten older, I totally understand what he meant. I love and will miss him dearly, but I know he is in a better place and can now watch me try and change this world for the better.
As always, I thank all of you for the support you show me and I wish all of you a very happy holiday season!
This month is all about giving thanks for the things that we have. It also means that the holiday is about to get started! My nonprofit organization TeamWinfrey will be very active this holiday season and we need your support!
This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, TeamWinfrey is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29. This year I will once again play Santa and help families in the community have a wonderful holiday season! TeamWinfrey is dedicated to having a meaningful impact on those less fortunate than others. Your support has allowed us to continue to grow and expand, which means we are able to help more people. Autism, Homelessness, and Underprivileged youth are causes that we are very passionate about. Here’s how you can help us!
1. Get your workplace, classrooms, and local government officials, involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website (www.givingtuesday. org) and to organize a campaign that promotes a cause for TeamWinfrey or charity that is meaningful to them.
2. Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visiting www.givingtuesday.org to receive updates, event invitations, and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.
3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about TeamWinfrey and the causes we support.
4. Localize #GivingTuesday for your town, city, or state. Many organizations have come together to build local #GivingTuesday campaigns in their neighborhoods
There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join our movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.
Off-season workouts begin later this month as well and I'm excited to get back in the gym and start preparing for the 2017 season! My body has healed nicely and I'm excited to get going. My radio show ( The Elijah Winfrey Show ) is doing very well on Alternative Talk Radio 1150. Tune in every Tuesday at 5:30pm pst as I interview great people doing amazing things in the community. I want to thank all of you for the love and support you show me. Take care and remember to always try and make someone or something better.