Meet Trey Brand –
Trey is a 12-year-old from Battlefield, Mo., who loves to bowl, but there are two things that separate him from most other bowlers.
At 12 years old Trey has bowled three 300 games. What else? He has autism.
Autism is defined as a mental condition that first appears in early childhood. It creates a difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with others. In Trey’s case, at a young age, he was unable to speak and would express himself by screaming and thrashing around. He currently struggles with processing what he hears and sees – but one thing he has no problem with is striking.
Trey only has been bowling for two and a half years, but, unlike most sixth graders, he spends his time in bowling centers practicing and idolizing his favorite professional bowlers, such as Jason Belmonte and Osku Palerma – which makes sense, since he is a two-hander himself.
Trey has bowled three perfect games, with the second one being USBC-certified because it was during his Home School League at Enterprise Park Lanes in Springfield, Mo. He also recently bowled a 299 game that helped complete a 782 series.
These are remarkable accomplishments that every bowler looks forward to but even more remarkable when they are shot by a 12-year-old with autism.
Trey and his family recently shared a little bit more about Trey’s goals and his family support. His parents, Richard and Patricia, shared some important insight, not only about autism, but also about bowling.
As parents, it took them a long time to reach peace with Trey’s diagnosis. They felt lost and overwhelmed, wondering what type of life their child would have. Hope and faith led them through the tough times between doctor visits and research.
Although it has been a long road for the Brand family, it also has been a very rewarding and special one.
Richard Brand said there is no better feeling than seeing what Trey has been able to accomplish each day. Also, being a parent who is able to see his child happy and successful at what he loves doing is a parent’s dream come true.
His key piece of advice for other parents of autistic children is never to give up on finding something their child will love. They may search for it for years and years, but seeing the love and happiness the child finds is something that seems to change the world.
Trey’s passion for bowling recently led him to the Professional Bowlers Association Summer Swing at the Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee, Okla., where he had the chance to meet Belmonte in person.
As much as the opportunity meant to Trey, it meant just as much to Belmonte, who got to spend a few frames with him during the event’s pro-am.
“Before I met Trey, I heard about his awesome accomplishments,” said Belmonte, a ten-time PBA champion and the reigning PBA Player of the Year. “After watching Trey bowl against me, I could tell those accomplishments were just the start of what I believe will be a great career. He is a good young man, has great form and a wonderful family supporting him. The sky is the limit for Trey, and I hope he keeps doing what he does best.”
If there is one thing everyone can take from the Brand family, it is that no matter the obstacles and challenges in life, people should keep searching for what ultimately will bring them happiness and allow them to show their passion. Once they find it, they should stick with it no matter what, even if it is challenging at times.
When you are happy, you are unstoppable. Just take it from Trey – a 12-year-old boy with awesome-ism.