At the age of three, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Doctors told my parents I might never speak and wouldn't go to regular school. Today, at 20 years of age and after years of therapy (speech and behaviour therapy, psychotherapy) I lead a normal life. I am a sophomore at SMU in Dallas Texas, a varsity athlete on the golf team, and speak three languages.
During the 2017 US Women's Amateur, I was interviewed by Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek (article in the news & media section above), Fox Golf and Golf Channel (video below). My story appeared on live television while caddying for my sister Albane- an Olympian, Stanford graduate and now professional golfer on the LPGA Tour.
Telling my story not only helped me realize how lucky I was to beat autism but also showed that I could help others through my passion for golf.
I have created a charity called "Alexis for Autism" whose focus and purpose is to organize golf events to raise funds for associations, foundations and medical research for autism.
Our first event took place at my home course, the Geneva Golf Club, on June 27th 2018, and helped us raise over 355'000 CHF for genetic research. Our goal is to do another event in the Bahamas to help fill a critical need for full-time speech and behaviour therapists on the island.
For details go to CHARITY EVENT and DONATIONS.
Albane & Alexis, Golf Channel november 2017.