Ernie Els of South Africa with his son Ben during the Els for Autism Pro-Am in 2010 (Credit: Getty Images)
The Els for Autism Foundation will break ground on the Els Center of Excellence in Jupiter, Fla. on Monday, March 10.
"The first of its kind Center will focus on a digital e-learning platform that gives children on the spectrum around the world access to best practices in education and therapy," reads the description of the project on the foundation's website. "It will also help connect the international autism community with best practices and the very latest information and research. The 26 acre facility will also have an on-site education for 300 students ages 3-21, medical and professional services, research, transition to adulthood, adult living and on-site job training."According to the foundation's website, Els son Ben is "profoundly impacted" by the disorder, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate affects 1 in 88 children in the U.S.
Founded in 2009 by 19-time PGA Tour winner Ernie Els and his wife Liezl, the Els for Autism Foundation says that "funds are in place for the construction of the Lower School and Center of Excellence Auditorium building and the goal is to have these in operation by mid 2015."
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