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Els for Autism Awarded $12,000 Grant from Florida Junior Golf Council

The grant will support the Ernie Els #GameON AutismTM Golf program, which gives children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) access to the game of golf.


Pamela Minelli

Development Director

Els for Autism Foundation




 Els for Autism Awarded $12,000 Grant from Florida Junior Golf Council

Jupiter, FL (September 30, 2016) – Els for Autism Foundation received a $12,000 grant from the Florida Junior Golf Council.  The funds for this grant will support the Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf program, which gives children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) access to the game of golf.  The innovative program is aimed at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf.

“We are grateful to the Florida Junior Golf Count for their support of our #GameON Autism Golf program,” said Dr. Marlene Sotelo, Director of Programs and Operations at Els for Autism.  “Our curriculum is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment.”

For more information on the Florida Junior Golf Council specialty license plate, please visit For more information about Els for Autism programs, please visit

About the Florida Junior Golf Council

Created in 2002 by the Dade Amateur Golf Association, the Florida Junior Golf Council was formed for the benefit of Florida’s junior golf programs. Through the efforts of Charlie DeLucca, the founder of the Dade Amateur Golf Association, and golf advocates throughout the state, the “Golf Capital of the World” license plate was passed into law by the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush.  The revenue derived from the “golf license plate” is used to assist organizations in the State that offer instruction and playing opportunities in conjunction with education in golf’s core values of integrity, honesty, personal responsibility, and sportsmanship. Funds are also used in support of junior golf initiatives serving the disadvantaged and disabled.  

About the Els for Autism Foundation

The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by PGA TOUR golfer Ernie Els and his wife Liezl (residents of Jupiter, FL) shortly after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism. The Foundation’s overarching mission is to help people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. Els for Autism has offices in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the UK. To help fulfill its mission, Els for Autism is building a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Jupiter, FL, with a local, national and global reach.

Donations can be made online at and by check (made payable to ‘Els for Autism’) and addressed to Els for Autism, The Els Center of Excellence, 18370 Limestone Creek Rd, Jupiter, FL 33458.

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