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Masters Winner Jordan Spieth Inspired by Sister with Special Needs

April 10, 2015

 

 

Jordan Spieth won the Masters on Sunday, finishing a historic run where he lead from start to finish. At 18-under, he tied for the best score ever.

With all the buzz around his extroadinary talent, Spieth says what keeps him grounded is his sister Ellie, who has autism.

Spieth, inspired by Ellie, began the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust to support military families, junior golfers and special needs youth.

“Ellie certainly is the best thing that’s happened in our family,” Spieth told the Akron Beacon Journal. “It helps put things in perspective that I’m lucky to play on tour and to compete with these guys, it’s been a dream come true. I definitely attribute a lot of that to her.”

Spieth has formed a special bond with Ernie Els, whose son Ben has autism. Els established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, and Spieth hopes to spread autism awareness with his Trust in a similar way, according to the Beacon Journal. 

“I’ve played with him quite a few times and we’ve spoken about his family and how they have coped with their situation,” Els told the Beacon Journal. “We’ve shared some really funny kind of stories because autistic kids are so special, and the way they handle life is quite special."

We applaud Spieth for his extraordinary efforts for autism awareness and congratulate him on his historic win!

Each year, Autism Speaks hosts the Winged Foot Celebrity Golf Challengee, where sports stars and celebs hit the links in support of individuals and families affected by autism. Last year's event raised more than $1 million towards autism research and advocacy efforts. Find out more about the event here.