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The Els Center of Excellence

Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Liezl and Ernie Els. The Els’ son, Ben, is impacted by the disorder which affects 1 in 59 children in the U.S. The world-class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts to a game-changing philanthropic project – The Els Center of Excellence ™.

The Els Center of Excellence campus is a world-class site hosting leading-edge programs and services for individuals with autism. Based in Jupiter, Florida, The Els Center of Excellence is on track to be a game-changing resource in the field of autism and a leading example of what can be available to individuals on the spectrum. Having all the essential components on one campus is not only a game-changer for the local autism community, but makes the campus the perfect hub for a variety of global outreach activities. This ensures The Els Center of Excellence campus’ positive influence is felt far beyond the boundaries of its walls. Once the campus is completed, the impact will be magnified!

On the campus:

  • Administrative Building hosts the Foundation staff offices, a 300-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and spaces to conduct therapy sessions
  • Rupert Education Wing hosts The Learning Center at The Els Center of Excellence, a nonprofit, tuition-free, Palm Beach County charter school serving students with autism ages 3-14
  • Shanken Education Wing hosts The Learning Academy at The Els Center of Excellence, a nonprofit, tuition-free, Palm Beach County charter school serving students with autism ages 14-21
  • The Pavilion is a multipurpose classroom/studio for art shows and other gatherings and is equipped with a full catering kitchen

Additionally, the campus contains:

  • Courtyard – 26,000 square feet, fence enclosed, central area with grass and sidewalks
  • Golf Course – practice facility featuring 3 greens and 9 holes
  • Sensory Arts Garden – therapeutic and educational destination for children and adults of all abilities
  • Two playgrounds
  • Outdoor basketball/tennis play court

Fundraising continues to secure funding for the Sports Facilities, Cafeteria, Adult Services Building and Medical & Research Services Facility.

The architecture and interior design firm, Peacock & Lewis, won the 2016 American Society of Interior Design (ASID), South Florida Chapter, Institutional Design Award for The Els Center of Excellence campus.

What is new on The Els Center of Excellence Campus

The new Pavilion

The new Sensory Arts Garden

 

Book An Event

The Els Center of Excellence sits on a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, FL.

Looking for an event rental? We would love to host your next event!

 

Take A Tour

The Els for Autism Foundation offers tours of The Els Center of Excellence campus on the third Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in taking a tour of The Center, please register using our Volunteer Form.

Tours are led by Els for Autism staff members and will include a brief presentation in the Auditorium building followed by a tour of the Lower School building. All visitors will be required to provide identification at check-in.

We look forward to sharing our campus with you!

 

FAQS

The Els Center of Excellence is a project of the Els for Autism Foundation. The Foundation is a public charity, recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations in support of the Center should be made out to the Els for Autism Foundation.

 

Become A Part of The Center

Whether it’s becoming a patron of the Sensory Arts Garden, naming a classroom, designing a commemorative brick in the courtyard or having an auditorium seat sport your name, there are many ways to become a part of The Els Center of Excellence.