Helping Impact Lives of Young People

The First Tee of Lake Erie has been selected as one of the fourteen pilot program locations across the United States to deliver the Els for Autsim #GameON Autism program. Toledo area First Tee of Lake Erie coaches will be teaching adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) basic golf skills. The coaches have been trained and will use visual aids and techniques that have been tested and proven at the Els Foundation.

A Huge Success

The pilot program brought six young people from northwest Ohio to Crosswinds Golf Course in Perrysburg. All of the participants had a great time learning the fundamentals of golf and creating friendships that have lasted outside of the program. Most of the participants were given or bought new clubs so that they could continue playing golf on their own. Below is a video interview with one of the program participants.

Facts about ASD:
  • 1 out of every 68 children born are identified as having autism spectrum disorder.
  • More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder.

Golf is More Than a Game

Golf gives people with ASD the unique opportunity to have an activity outdoors that can be played as an individual or in a group. The golf course provides a quiet and peacful learning environment that will not over stimulate participants sensories. Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf is a new, innovative program, developed by Els for Autism in collaboration with PGA Reach and The First Tee, 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.