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Ernie was named as this year’s recipient of an award that goes back to 1983 at an awards luncheon at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, as part of the Golfweek Father-Son Championship. Ernie receives the award in recognition for making a difference in the world of autism, through the Els for Autism Foundation, established by Ernie and his wife Liezl in 2009.

They have since built the Els Center for Excellence, a world-class site hosting leading-edge programs and services for individuals with autism. Based in Jupiter, Florida, The Els Center of Excellence is on track to be a game-changing resource in the field of autism and a leading example of what can be available to individuals on the spectrum. Having all the essential components on one campus is not only a game-changer for the local autism community, but makes the campus the perfect hub for a variety of global outreach activities. This ensures The Els Center of Excellence campus’ positive influence is felt far beyond the boundaries of its walls.

“Thank you to everyone at Golf Week magazine for awarding me your ‘Father of the Year’ accolade,” wrote Ernie on social media. “It’s much appreciated, but more importantly it helps shine a light on the wonderful work being done by our team at Els For Autism. They are all stars. I couldn’t be more proud of them for what they do every day to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.”

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