Ernie Els and his wife Liezl have been big proponents of autism research for several years. Since their son Ben was diagnosed with autism in 2008, Els has been doing all he can for autism research with his Els for Autism foundation.
The Jupiter resident got a major boost on Thursday, the same day he teed it up at the BMW PGA Championship in England. Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved plans for the Els Center for Excellence to be built on 25 acres of land in the Limestone Creek area in Jupiter.
The Els Center for Excellence will cater to about 300 students and is expected to become the "epicenter" for autism research. The $30 million charter school will include four buildings, a swimming pool, a small golfing area, and a running track. In addition to the fun components, the center will also provide medical and professional services, including helping those with autism transition to adulthood and job training. The Els Center for Excellence is expected to open in 2015 and will serve students ages 3-21.
For more information on the Els for Autism foundation and the Els Center for Excellence, visit www.elsforautism.com.