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July 26, 2012

Els for Autism moving toward bigger goals



Daily Mail  |  by Rich Stevens

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Ernie Els doesn't play golf only for himself and his family, but when it comes to 9-year-old son Ben, much of the motivation is clear.

Els won his fourth major championship on Sunday when four birdies on the back nine at Royal Lytham helped him slip past Adam Scott at the British Open.

The victory not only helped make up for a tough 2011 season, it shone a brighter light on one of Els' favorite charities - Els For Autism.

In 2005, Ben was diagnosed with autism.

Els and wife Liezl realized suspected something was wrong with their son when he didn't begin crawling, walking or looking me in the eye.

"We soon discovered he was quite severely touched by autism," Els wrote on his website.

In 2009, the Els for Autism charity was founded with the goal of raising $30 million for a Centre of Excellence, a facility that, according to the website, "will focus on a global digital learning platform that will give children on the spectrum around the world access to best practices in education and therapy." READ MORE >>

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