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.