As the parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I am enthusiastic about programs that support research, education and awareness. In this case, three of my loves converge: family, golf and as a teacher, education. For what it’s worth, I’ve been told by special education teachers that the autistic kids love my classes for my emphasis on procedures, structure and order.
Ernie Els has partnered with BirdieBox to produce a limited-edition curated collection of golf related products to help raise funds for the Els for Autism foundation. The BirdieBox, which retails for between $80 and $250, contains items such as TaylorMade TOUR Preferred balls, special-edition “Els for Autism” Daphne’s head cover, Els Collection polo, Zero Restriction outerwear, Stable 26 socks and an I-ONICS Power Sport band. The boxes will be on sale until Father’s Day.
“Our foundation is committed to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives and we are delighted that BirdieBox, along with my partners, have developed this great new give-back initiative to help the Foundation raise funds and awareness for this important cause,” says Els. “The box has some great items and the timing is perfect as it launches in April – which is Autism Awareness Month!”
BirdieBox’s contributions will help fund of a state-of-the-art autism center which serves as the hub of worldwide operations for Els for Autism. The Center is currently under construction, and the first educational components will open August 2015. When the project is done, the Center will provide on-site education for 300 children on the autism spectrum ages 3-21. It will also bring together the critical components of early intervention, transition to adulthood, medical and professional services, and adult services all on one campus. The Els Center will help facilitate global outreach focused on the sharing of best practices and programs with the global autism community and beyond.