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Athletes Turn Out to Raise Funds, Awareness

Athletes Against Autism‘s Second Annual Golf Tournament, presented by Cadillac, was held on June 24th & 25th at Bacara Resort & Spa and Sandpiper Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA.

More than 35 athletes and celebrities from across North America joined golfers, donors and supporters to raise over $350,000 in support of the research, awareness, education and outreach programs of Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks. 

Sunday evening, Bacara Resort & Spa played host to a cocktail hour, silent/live auction and dinner program. On Monday, Sandpiper Golf Club hosted the golf tournament, which included a hole in one contest for a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, contests for Closest to the Pin, Accurate Drive, Longest Drive & Longest Drive, and an after event BBQ Dinner & Awards Reception. 

Athletes and celebrities on hand to help support the event were Olie Kolzig, Washington Capitals, Byron Dafoe, former NHL goaltender, Scott Mellanby, former NHL forward, Ryan Nece, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Travis LaBoy, Tennessee Titans, Chris Hetherington, San Francisco 49ers, Scott Jackson, Houston Texans, Travis Hall, former NFL defensive lineman, Jesse Sapolu, former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Sherrard, former NFL wide receiver, Fred Williamson, former NFL player & actor, Eric Karros, former Los Angeles Dodger, Jim Gott, former Los Angeles Dodger, Matt Pettinger, Washington Capitals, Brian Willsie, Los Angeles Kings, Sinjin Smith, AVP Volleyball star, Dain Blanton, AVP Volleyball star, Albert Hannemann, AVP Volleyball star, Sam Boghosian, former NFL Coach, Fred Brown, former Seattle Supersonic, Darwin Cook, former New Jersey Net, John Egan, former NBA Player & Coach, Don Ford, former NBA Player, Mark Knudson, former Colorado Rockie, Jason Olive, former AVP Volleyball Player, Herb Oliver, former NBA Player, Ed Ratleff, former NBA Player, Dan Roundfield, former NBA Player, M. Campy Russell, former Cleveland Cavalier, Robert Smith, former NBA Player, John Patrick Sullivan, former NFL Player, Foots Walker, former Cleveland Cavalier, Jim Weatherley, former Washington Redskin, Derek West, former NFL Player, Lance Zeno, former NFL Player, Don Felder, former Eagles guitarist, and Dougray Scott, actor.

For more information about the event or to learn more about Athletes Against Autism, please visit

From left: Athletes Against Autism founders Olie Kolzig, Scott Mellanby & Byron Dafoe


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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