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Ernie Els


The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Liezl and Ernie Els shortly after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism. The Foundation embarked on a catalytic project with the establishment of a $30 million state-of-the-art Center of Excellence with a local, national and global reach.

The Els Center of Excellence opened in 2015 and provides state-of-the-art education and therapy for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and a global digital learning platform for families, researchers, therapists and teachers throughout the world to gain access to the latest research programs. Based in Jupiter, Florida, the 26-acre campus provides on-site education for 300 students, ages 3 through 21. With all the essential components on one campus, the facility is the perfect hub for a variety of global outreach activities.

Fundraising continues for the Sports, the Medical & Research services, and the Adult Services Facilities.

One of the Foundation’s main fundraising initiatives is the annual Els for Autism Golf Challenge, a series of Regional events held at top-rates courses across the United States and Canada from April through October, culminating in a Grand Finale hosted by Ernie and Liezl Els. The Golf Challenge also supports affiliate events, allowing supporters to create their own events (golf days, 100-hole-hikes, races, dinners, etc.) to raise funds for Els for Autism. To learn more about the Golf Challenge, please visit

Ernie supports the following charities and causes:

Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation

Emmaus George

Els for Autism Foundation





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