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Robbie “Goose” Henderson, Angler with Autism, Headed to National Championship for Juniors in Bass Fishing

Robbie “Goose” Henderson, a 13-year-old angler with autism, is set to compete in the National Championship for juniors in bass fishing, and the Illinois Autism Center couldn’t be more excited for him! Henderson’s love for fishing started at a very young age, and he has been honing his skills ever since.

His dedication and hard work have already brought him much success in fishing tournaments, earning him a current rank of 21st in the Junior Division for the National Bass Trail. The competition is scheduled for the summer of 2023.

Henderson’s journey to the National Championship has not been without its challenges. As an angler with autism, he faces unique obstacles that other competitors may not experience. Despite these difficulties, Henderson has continued to push himself to become a talented and seasoned angler, and his accomplishments are confirmation of his determination.

Henderson’s success is due in large part to the love and encouragement of his loved ones. They have stood by him, providing the care and attention he needs to pursue his passion for fishing. Young individuals on the autism spectrum can take heart from Henderson’s example and remember that they, too, can do remarkable things if they work hard and stay focused.

In addition to his success as an angler, Henderson has also become an advocate for autism awareness. He has shared his experiences as an autistic angler publicly, bringing attention to the challenges people with autism face and advocating for their support and encouragement. Henderson’s advocacy work is an important reminder of the value of empathy and understanding in our communities.

We believe that with his dedication and hard work, Henderson is sure to do well at the championship. His success is an inspiration to young people with autism, demonstrating the importance of finding and pursuing one’s passion, and his advocacy work is a powerful reminder that there is much we more to support and encourage people with autism.

Our team here at the Illinois Autism Center wish him the best of luck and look forward to following his journey!