Physical activities are vitally important for children with and without disabilities. They promote healthy lifestyles but can also benefit individuals with autism in unique ways.
In the U.S., the prevalence of obesity among children with ASD increases by 19% with an additional 36% at risk for being overweight. Being overweight can put children at increased risk for numerous health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, and even depression. (1)
Keeping our participants active and healthy through tennis, fitness, golf, yoga, and kickball is our key goal.
(1) Source: Autism Speaks: Sports, Exercise, and the Benefits of Physical Activity for Individuals with Autism
The Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Programs
Through the Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Programs, we are changing the culture of sports and recreation. People with autism are beginning to feel included and welcomed to participate in a recreational activity, go to public places, even take lessons or group classes with their local sports professionals. We believe recreation, specifically sports, can be an effective supplemental therapy for individuals with autism. Resources for this program and information for starting up your own program can be found here.