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Athletes for Autism!

We would like to congratulate Ernie Els and Elliot Sadler, two incredible athletes who have made huge strides for the autism community by spreading awareness and raising funds for research and services!

On Sunday, golfer Ernie Els won his second British Open, the fourth major victory in his career.  Els' son  Ben has autism. The Els family established 'Els for Autism' in 2009, where they are committed to funding scientific research aimed at understanding Autism and developing knowledge-based treatments with the intention of finding a cure. They also fund Centers of Excellence which include all of the following; Educational programs for students age 3-21 years, A services component of doctors, speech therapists and other specialists, An on-site research center, A continuing services program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Find more about Els for Autism here! Els shared his story in a public service advertisement as part of Autism Speaks "Learn the Signs" Ad Council campaign. Watch the clip below:




Also on Sunday, Elliott Sadler won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation is dedicated to raising autism awareness and promoting research for a cure while also supporting initiatives that improve educational opportunities for children and their families. The Foundation provides support to projects that share the ideals and concerns of the Sadler family. Find out more here!

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