Golf Channel Features Dallas Graduate Josh Deer

May 5, 2017

Golf Channel Features Dallas Graduate Josh Deer
Josh Deer (holding sign) with Golf Academy of America in Dallas Staff and Students

Golf Academy of America in Dallas 22-year-old alumnus Josh Deer has followed his passion – but his path to success was by no means predetermined.

Deer is autistic. When he was young, doctors told his parents that he would be unable to do many things. Deer worked hard to overcome his obstacles, and when he graduated from Golf Academy of America, he was one of three students in his class to earn his teaching certificate. Today, he works the opening shift at Iron Horse Golf Course, and loves his job so much he shows up an hour early.

Deer’s story is so inspirational that he was recently featured on the Golf Channel in a segment with Todd Lewis, called “Autistic and awe inspiring: The Story of Josh Deer.

In addition to his job at Iron Horse, Deer works with a minor league hockey team, the Lone Star Brahmas. He also dedicates a lot of time to working with autistic children through Els for Autism’s #GameOn Autism program. Specially designed to teach individuals on the spectrum, #GameOn Autism was created to build confidence and self-esteem – something Deer definitely knows how to do.

“This has given me an ability to show others what I can do,” says Deer. “Even to teach kids who have autism like me, help them get a passion for the game of golf.”

In 2015, Deer was the first-ever recipient of the Els for Autism Spectrum Award, an honor bestowed upon him for being a positive role model for autism through his good character, encouraging attitude and significant contributions.

“He’s an ambassador for the kids on the spectrum,” says co-founder of Els for Autism Liezl Els. “He can tell their stories.”

To learn more about what Golf Academy of America graduates are up to, visit our alumni page.