Keiser University College of Golf students recently gained insight from representatives from the Els for Autism Foundation.
The #GameON Autism™ Golf program is designed to relay the many benefits the game of golf can offer autistic learners. Lead by Jen Hong, #GameON Autism™ Sports Coordinator and Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Coordinator, the lessons served as an additional tool in empowering golf professionals to reach out to a large population of individuals who are underserved in recreational sports.
“We were delighted to share best practices with Keiser University College of Golf students which enabled them to effectively infuse important social communication skills into every lesson for individuals with autism,” said Hong. “Being a repetition based game, that offers a quiet, peaceful atmosphere and is both a solo and a social sport, golf provides a great opportunity for those with autism to enter the athletic world,” she said.
Keiser students also learned more about summer after school and adult program volunteer activities, and had an opportunity to attend a workshop at the The Els Center of Excellence Golf Facility the next day.
“We sincerely appreciated the opportunity for our College of Golf students to gain critical knowledge and skills of how to work with golfers with autism spectrum disorder. Our students will now be able to teach a new population of golfers and to help grow the game as they move into the golf industry upon graduation,” said Dr. Eric Wilson, a PGA Master Professional and Executive Director of Golf Operations for Keiser University’s College of Golf and Sport Management.