The Els for Autism Foundation® was established in 2009 by Ernie and Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism. The Els son Ben is profoundly impacted by the disorder which affects 1 in 44 children in the U.S. For the last four years the world class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts to a catalytic philanthropic project - The Els Center of Excellence®. The first-of-its-kind Center will focus on a digital e- learning platform that gives children on the spectrum around the world access to best practices in education and therapy. It will also help connect the international autism community with best practices and the very latest information and research. The 26 acre facility will also have an on-site education for 300 students ages 3-21, medical and professional services, research, transition to adulthood, adult living and on-site job training. The Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise $30 million to finance the facility; the Els' have committed $6 million of their own money.
Established in 2013, Els for Autism Canada is committed to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.
Fund-raising Golf Challenges are held across Canada annually. Funds raised in each province or territory stay in the province/territory in which they are raised. Through a granting process, funds are directed to local autism organizations to assist with their programming and to facilitate access to programs and services for families in need.
In addition, Els for Autism Canada recently introduced Ernie Els #GameOn Autism® – an initiative focused on using golf as a life skills development tool. Ernie Els #GameOn Autism® clinics have been hosted at courses across Canada.
Through our commitment to strengthening relationships with local autism organizations, our commitment to learning and sharing, Els for Autism Canada envisions being a driving force in helping people on the spectrum realize their potential and individual aspirations and become value and productive members of welcoming communities.