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Els for Autism

Els for Autism Foundation® was established in 2009 by Liezl Els, Ernie Els, and Marvin R. Shanken. The Els’ son, Ben, is impacted by autism spectrum disorder, which affects 1 in 36 children in the U.S. The Foundation offers innovative, evidence-based programs for families and individuals across the lifespan. Els for Autism® serves families around the world, offering virtual services, and in-person programs and services at The Els Center of Excellence® campus in Jupiter, Florida.

Our Global Mission & Vision


We envision a world of limitless possibilities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

Global Mission
The global mission of Els for Autism is to transform the lives of people with autism and those who care for them through lifetime services and collaborative partnerships.

2024 Golf Challenge Series

Spearheaded by World of Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, the Golf Challenge consists of a series of regional events at top-rated golf courses across the U.S. and Canada from March to October. The Els for Autism Golf Challenge regional event series is one of the largest charity-driven, amateur golf tournaments. Since its inception in 2011, the Golf Challenge has raised over $37 million, supporting our vision of creating limitless possibilities for individuals with autism.

Register today to help support Els for Autism in furthering our mission.

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