Todd Keirstead is one of the world leaders in the inclusion and diversity through the sport of golf. Todd is the leader in Canada for the the provision of golf for individuals of all abilities.
Through his adaptive golf initiative, Todd Keirstead is one of the leaders in promoting and empowering individuals of all abilities to get involved in the game of golf. Keirstead has enlightened thousands with his vision that anyone can play golf, no matter what their circumstance. Stating “My vision is to ignite the passion in individuals and to transcend personal boundaries both on and off the fairway”.
On September 16th 2014, while performing for a United States military veterans hospital in Tampa Florida, Keirstead realized that all of the golf trick shots that he had been hitting over the years were actually emulating the physical situations of the wounded warriors that were in attendance.
He soon understood that with each shot he was hitting that day that he was in fact changing the mindsets of the ill and injured soldiers from ‘I can’t' to ‘I can’. I was showing these amazing military individuals how golf could be played, which was to be play it in an adaptive way.
In an instant Todd's life had changed. He was given a new path. He was given a new purpose.
Shortly after that September day Keirstead returned to Canada with a responsibility to show that golf is a sport for everyone, no matter what their physical or mental situation. He quickly started an initiative called ‘Bring Back The Game’ which introduces and brings the game of golf back to individuals who never thought the game was obtainable due to their physical or mental situations.
2017 Invictus Games
Through his adaptive golf initiative, Bring Back The Game is now one of the leaders in promoting and empowering individuals of all abilities to the game of golf. Todd has enlightened thousands with his vision that anyone can play golf, no matter their circumstance. Keirstead's vision was to ignite the passion in individuals to adapt to new life situations, adapt their golf swing, and to transcend personal boundaries both on and off the fairway.
Bring Back The Game has shown that the great game of golf can be a valuable tool in building confidence and self-esteem where it has wavered or disappeared because of the trials of life.
In 2017, Toronto was awarded the Invictus Games. It was here that Todd was asked to be the Competition Supervisor. It was here that he not only had the opportunity to be immersed with 550 ill and injured soldiers from 17 countries. Todd also had the privilege of spending time with Prince Harry discussing the benefits of the sport of golf for our wounded warriors. Todd was later chosen to have a supervisor role in the 2019 Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida.