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Golf, Fitness, Yoga and Soccer Classes

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Program

The innovative golf program started in 2013, in collaboration with The First Tee ® and PGA REACH.  The program is especially tailored for individuals on the spectrum. Infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with ASD, GameOn Autism Golf is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment; encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts including communication, emotional regulation, motor and social skills.

#GameON Autism Golf: Summer Adult Golf
Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Program is offering a package of 6 group golf classes for ages 18 and up. Participants will learn and practice foundational motor skills through fun athletic games and golf activities while practicing social/communication skills each class.


  • Dates: Tuesday, June 13th through Tuesday, July 25th ( No classes on July 4th)
  • Time: 3:30-4:15pm
  • Deadline to register: Monday, June 12th
  • Fee: $30 for 6 group sessions.  Thanks to the generous grant from the Florida Junior Golf Council classes are only $5/each.

A minimum of 3 participants are required for groups with a maximum of 8 participants.  Advanced payment is required to secure your spot.

Participants must be able to take part in a group setting of 3 to 1, or come with an assistant for duration of each class.

To register:
Contact: Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 561-625-8269

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Training Seminar

The Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Training Seminar is intended to educate golf professionals on autism and the best practices for teaching golf to individuals who are on the autism spectrum.

  • Where: The Els Center of Excellence, 18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, FL 33458
  • Date: Monday November 13th
  • Time: 10am -1pm
  • Register: click here

For more information:

Contact: Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 561-625-8269

Also – Coming Soon: #GameOn Autism Golf will be available for instructors, schools, and other autism organizations to integrate into their own curriculum! Sign up to receive the first announcement when released! Free resources will also be available so anyone can have access to #GameON Autism Golf to download.

Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Fitness

Ernie Els #GameOn Autism Fitness is an innovative, family-supportive, research-based fitness and wellness program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It incorporates the use of traditional fitness equipment, as well as music, dance, and video games as a means of motivating student participation in fitness activities including cardiovascular, strength training, flexibility, and common recess games. Individuals with ASD often lack opportunities for physical activity due to high levels of intensive therapy involving stagnant activities throughout each day. In addition, many individuals with ASD have high incident deficits in motor planning and coordination leading to an aversion to organized sports activities.  Although these individuals may shy away from physical activity and organized sports, it is imperative to create programs that use evidence-based practices to get them active, moving and practicing social skills. Individual and group classes are available.

We’re thankful for the $6,500 grant received from the Autism Services Grants Council to assist in funding this program as part of the Adult Services SALSA cooking class.

To find out more:
Contact: Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 561-625-8269

Summer 2017 Yoga Classes

Join us for summer 2017 YOGA classes

Special needs Yoga/Fitness enhances stamina, flexibility, energy, and strength in a fun and motivating social environment. Classes include warm ups, breathing exercise, cardio routines, developmentally appropriate yoga poses and relaxation techniques while offering a full body experience of physical fitness and philosophical traditions of yoga.

  • Dates: Group sessions offered each Tuesday, June 13th through July 25th (Note: no class on Tuesday, July 4th)
  • Time: 4:30-5:15pm
  • Deadline to register: Monday, June 12th
  • Fee: summer Yoga classes are $150 for group sessions (only $25 per 45-minute session)
  • Ages: 15 and up

A minimum of 4 participants are required for groups. Participants must be able to take part in a group setting of 3 to 1, or come with an assistant for the duration of each class.  Advance payment required to secure your spot.

To register:
Contact: Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 561-625-8269

Summer 2017 Soccer Pilot

Our pilot Soccer program is a new innovative program developed by Luis Gajardo of Pure Sports Foundation that gives children and young adults on the spectrum, ages 6-14, the ability to play soccer.  This program is aimed at bringing a team sports to those on the spectrum, rather than an individualized sport, which targets children to work on coordination, communication and leadership skills.

This project is geared towards including youth with disabilities in the community with non-disabled peers, coaches and travel soccer players to provide individualized attention to each player. By creating this match between all those players, the youth on the spectrum are developing interpersonal relationships, motivation, and self- esteem which is supported by positive reinforcement.

Physical Goals:

  • Improve reciprocal play skills, such as throwing and catching a ball with another person
  • Develop motor imitation skills (seeing another person perform an action and then copying that action)
  • Increase fitness and stamina
  • Build and strengthen physical core
  • Increase functional mobility
  • Coordination
  • Ability to change between different activities
  • Strengths and challenges in making large body movements (such as jumping, hopping, skipping)

Social Goals:

  • Learn personal boundaries
  • Develop self- awareness
  • Increase listening skills
  • Develop interpersonal relationships with peers in the community
  • Increase communication skills
  • Develop assertiveness and team
  • Build confidence to reduce anxiety

 2017 Summer Soccer Pilot

  • Dates: Sessions will be held on Mondays, June 12th through July 17th
  • Time: 4:30-6:00pm
  • Deadline to register:  Monday, June 12th
  • Classes are FREE

To register:
Contact: Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs & Operations
Phone: 561-625-8269