Ernie Els #GameOn Autism™ Golf is a new, innovative program developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA Reach and The First Tee, a program that gives children and young adults on the spectrum, ages 6-23, access to the game of golf. The program is aimed at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf.
#GameOn Autism Golf is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment. Volunteer staff encourage participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts.
On Monday, July 13, at Baltusrol Golf Club (Springfield, NJ), John McGuire of Millenium Capital and Greg McStravick of SAP created a wonderful event with the support of Platnium Sponsor, Breitling, and the New York Jets and New York Giants, for the 100 players who shared the 4th annual Baltusrol Golf Challenge event. This year, the event was highlighted by HANA, SAP’s extraordinary software which allowed all players the chance to learn more about their swing and analytics from the first tee.
In addition to the Baltusrol Golf Challenge, BGC also welcomed 16 youth on the autism spectrum, from Newmark School, who were treated to a clinic from Dan Pasternak and other PGA of America Professionals. This great event raised $168,624 for the Els for Autism Foundation.
For more information on Els for Autism, you can visit its comprehensive home site here.
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