Pro golfer Ernie Els puts autism awareness on agenda during RBC Canadian Open

Els for AuismMontreal – Ernie Els, the internationally acclaimed golf pro, currently playing in the RBC Canadian Open this week, has spent the last several years using his star power to bring awareness to ASD.

Els, whose son Ben has autism, began championing ASD-related causes in the years following his youngest child’s diagnosis. The golfer and his wife, Liezl,  have already created the Els for Autism Foundation and are currently in the process of building a world-class facility in Florida that will provide programming for youngsters on the spectrum.

The Els Center for Excellence is an ambitious 30 million dollar project which the couple have  spent 6 million dollars of their own money on to build. They’ve revealed that they have also obtained funding from sponsorships and the support from friends he’s met on PGA tours who readily agree to play in foundation fundraisers free of charge. Says Els in the Canada.Com article:

 “My peers have been unbelievable”

Despite his career accomplishments, he feels that the work he does regarding autism is his main priority. While Els acknowledges that there is still a stigma associated with ASD, he believes that his family’s efforts help to shine a spotlight on it and therefore helps millions of individuals worldwide who have been affected by the disorder.

The original article on the Canada.Com website can be read here