On June 19, Father’s Day, Ernie Els was featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, discussing his son, Ben, who diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, changing his family. Tom Rinaldi describes a father and son’s journey far beyond the golf course. Click on this Outside the Lines‘ screen shot watch segment.
Els for Autism
“It is several years since our son Ben was diagnosed with Autism. We suspected for a few years that something was not quite right. There’s a process that every kid goes through. Crawl at nine months, walk at 12 months, and then start talking and so on. With Ben we started thinking: ‘Why is he not crawling? Why is he not walking? Why is he not looking me in the eye?’ Things like that. We soon discovered he was quite severely touched by Autism. We established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with the goal of funding an Autism Center of Excellence, the first of its kind in the world. Autism hits families hard and I’ll be fighting for the rest of my life to try and help others in the same situation. I hope you’ll share an interest and join me in this fight.” - Ernie Els