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Sports & Fitness Classes

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 overweight 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 golf, fitness, tennis, and yoga 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 welcomed and included to participate in a recreation 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.

Class Descriptions


Golf classes at Els for Autism® use the Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Golf program, specifically designed to teach golf to people with ASD. In each class, participants will learn and practice foundational motor skills through fun athletic games and golf activities while practicing social/communication skills.




Tennis classes at Els for Autism use the Ernie Els #GameON® Autism Tennis program, a structured tennis learning experience that includes: basic strokes, hand-eye coordination, racket handling; putting strokes together, and components of the game-based process.


Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Fitness is an innovative, research-based fitness and wellness program for individuals with 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.


Special needs Yoga/Fitness enhances stamina, flexibility, energy, and strength in a fun and motivating social environment. Classes include warm-ups, breathing exercises, cardio routines, developmentally appropriate yoga poses, and relaxation techniques. Learn More

We are grateful to be chosen as a Grant Recipient of the Florida Junior Golf Council.  To support our program and many other programs, click here to learn how.

All classes are held at The Els Center of Excellence® in Jupiter, FL

  • A minimum of four participants are required for groups
  • These programs do not provide aides or personal supports and require participants to engage in a 3:1 ratio.  Those who accompany participants who need additional support will be required to actively participate in each practice session.

Current Recreation Schedule

For more information and to register:
Contact: Greg Connors, Recreation Services Coordinator
Phone: 561-320-9512

Financial Need Assistance 

The Foundation offers programs and services to the entire community, and services are NOT limited to individuals enrolled at The Learning Academy or The Learning Center. Additionally, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance. Complete the Financial Need Assistance Application here.