The Lone Star Brahmas hockey team wants make fans aware of autism. April is going to be a big month in Fort Worth, Texas because the ice hockey team has several fundraising events planned to raise money for autism research . On Friday, April 8th, the hockey team is planning to hold a jersey auction of team jersey shirts belonging to the players in order to raise money for autism research. On Monday, April 11th, the team is going to have a golf tournament to raise money for Els for Autism Golf Challenge.
Josh Deer works as an assistant for the Lone Star Brahmas hockey team, although he is a student at Golf Academy of America Dallas. The nearly 21-year-old was first diagnosed with autism when he was only two-years-old. After his parents received the diagnosis, they did everything they could to make sure that Deer received plenty of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Therapy for Josh Deer cost his parents about $40,000 a year. The Deers were determined to beat this disease. Josh’s active with the Els for Autism Foundation. This foundation was named after pro golfer, Ernie Els whose son also suffers from autism. Deer had gotten the hockey team involved in the fundraising for autism, especially in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge.
When Josh Deer isn’t playing golf, he helps out in the hockey locker room for the Lone Star Brahmas hockey team. He hangs up the uniforms for the players. He’s very meticulous about his job, making sure that the socks are placed in the lockers properly and the uniforms are neatly hung, not sloppy.
The twenty-year-old is very spiritual. He has sayings written on his cell phone and he reads the bible to keep his mood up. While he was receiving therapy, Josh Deer discovered hockey. He learned how to ice skate when he was a little boy. Deer liked watching his favorite Dallas team on television and was thrilled when they won the Stanley Cup. The Lone Star Brahmas are certainly teaching their fans about autism. The team learned it from Josh Deer.