27 year old professional golfer and 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth stole my heart when he began playing on the professional circuit. Jordan's sister, Ellie, has special needs. She adores her brother, and from the manner in which he treats her, the feeling is mutual. Seeing them together is magical, and Jordan sets a great example of inclusion.
Last week, I saw an intriguing article in GOLF DIGEST about Jordan Spieth offering a free golf lesson to a young man who is on the autism spectrum. The group Autism Speaks chose 2020 to be the year of a million kindnesses, large and small, and Jordan was a part of that kindness. High school freshman Joseph Maguire is on the autism spectrum. Joseph's dad encouraged him to play golf about 8 years ago, and Jordan Spieth is Joseph's favorite golfer.
Although the lesson had to be virtual because of the global pandemic, Joseph had the great opportunity to benefit from a lesson with Jordan Spieth. I enjoyed watching the interaction between the two. Joseph is excited to be having the lesson, and Jordan is so respectful and engaging. This story warms my heart. Professional athletes have a great following, and Jordan took this opportunity to set a wonderful example for his followers.
If you would like to see the video of the lesson, here is the link: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/jordan-spieth-autism-speaks
Also, here is an article about the Spieth family and the family star, Ellie: https://www.jacksonville.com/sports/golf/2016-04-06/story/star-jordan-spieths-family-little-sister-ellie
Be safe, be kind.
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