Central Florida golfer with autism says he’s ready for Special Olympics 2022

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Focused and determined, 23-year-old Danny Steele is preparing to compete in front of hundreds at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

The event will be held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, but the golf tournament will be held at the Orange County National Golf Center beginning June 6.

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“It makes my heart happy and I’m just a kid and alone and I can connect with my people. You know it makes me feel good,” Danny Steele said.

It was April 2021 when Danny Steele News 6 shared some of his swings before he was selected for the Special Olympics.

He works part-time at Publix and practices golf every week. His father, Jim Steele, said he was willing to give it his all.

“He hits about 500 balls a week and he plays once a week and he works 24 hours a week at Publix so he’s busy and that’s fantastic, a young, autistic young man,” explained Jim Steele.

There have been cell phone videos showing the golfer practicing over the past few months, some of which are being posted on social media to motivate fellow athletes.


“I work extra hard,” said Danny Steele.

Jim Steele said his son will play nine holes for four days at the Special Olympics.

“Like I told him, we’re not trying to win. We know…there are some really good players out there. We’re just going to try to play the best we can and have a lot of fun,” said Jim Steele.

The Special Olympics USA Games will be held June 5-12.

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