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To expand the recreation activities available at The Els Center of Excellence® campus, and to provide individuals with autism with a full range of recreation choices, the Els for Autism® Board of Directors and Leadership Team announced a new Capital Campaign to support funding a Gymnasium, Aquatic Center, Splash Pad, or other offerings at the Recreation Complex.

Contact the Els for Autism Development Office at or 561-598-6197, to discuss your interest in a naming opportunity or other donation to the Recreation Complex Capital Campaign.



People impacted by ASD, of all ages, need to get daily exercise. South Florida can experience months of inclement weather including excessive heat, high humidity, and heavy rainfall. The gymnasium will be an indoor, air-conditioned space that will provide year-round use for recreational activities including basketball, kickball, yoga, and other fitness programs.

Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center will be a multipurpose facility to serve the needs of individuals with ASD, their families, and the community. The pool will be heated for extended use throughout the year, and it will include shaded areas for therapy and instruction. Swimming is a lifelong activity that can provide opportunities for physical fitness, along with individual and family community inclusion.

Splash Pad

The inclusion of a Splash Pad in the Aquatic Center will allow individuals that cannot or will not swim in the pool to have the opportunity to engage in water play. It will be used to promote social opportunities and offer water experiences for individuals who are fearful of immersion in the pool. The Splash Pad will be a place to have fun getting wet on a hot day.

Make an In-Kind Donation

Non-monetary gifts and in-kind donations have helped Els for Autism expand our mission, and has allowed us to bring new opportunities and resources to individuals and families impacted by ASD. Contributions large and small make a difference. There is something every business can donate to allow us to help even more individuals impacted by ASD.

How We Teach Recreation through Fitness | Golf | Tennis

Ernie Els #GameON Autism® Sports Programs

Through the Ernie Els #GameON Autism
Sports Programs, the Els for Autism staff
strive to spread autism awareness across
the global autism community. By educating
professionals in the field of sports and
fitness on how to teach people with ASD,
we are improving the culture of sports.


Learn more about Recreation Programs and Services offered


Ernie Els #GameON Autism Fitness

Ernie Els #GameON Autism Fitness program is unique because instructors not only deliver fitness instruction but incorporate specific autism learning objectives into the lessons. 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. The program is focused on cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and strength training.


Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf

Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf program is infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with ASD.  Participants learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts, including communication, emotional regulation, motor, and social skills. The goal of the program is for participants to achieve their individual golf successes, and build confidence and self-esteem, in a fun, welcoming, and supportive environment.


Ernie Els #GameON Autism Tennis

Ernie Els #GameON Autism Tennis program aims to extend the reach of the Ernie Els #GameON Autism Sports Programs to provide more options for individuals with autism. The sport of tennis teaches skills that place a greater emphasis on movement, footwork, and reaction to the ball, and improving cardiovascular strength.


Additional programs

In addition to the Ernie Els #GameON Autism Sports Programs, recreation programs are offered in art, dance therapy, inter-ability chorus, kickball, music therapy, and yoga. The programs are available to ages 6 – 18+ after school, during spring/fall breaks, and during summer camp

Make a Lasting Impact

If you are interested in naming opportunities or making an in-kind donation for the Gymnasium, Aquatic Center, Splash Pad, or other offerings at the Recreation Complex, contact the Els for Autism Development Office at or 561-598-6197. With any location, you choose, know that your generosity will change the lives of people with ASD now and in the years to follow.

Gymnasium exterior architectural rendering

Aquatic Center architectural rendering

Splash Pad architectural rendering

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