Las Vegas, Nevada (July 30, 2011)–The Las Vegas Golf Region is the home to many major charity golf tournaments. And in October, the Els For Autism Grand Finale will be played at the PGA Tour's TPC Las Vegas. Els is scheduled to make an appearance at the event. The good news is that there is still time to qualify for the tournament by playing in one of several satellite events being played around the country. EDITOR NOTE: The Grand Finale will be played at the private TPC Summerlin not TPC Las Vegas. Other Las Vegas golf courses hosting are Cascata and Rio Secco Golf Club–Staff Report.

Els and his wife, Liezl, are the parents of Ben, a child affected by autism. "One in 110 children is affected by Autism and that was perhaps the most shocking thing about all of this; the number of people it affects," writes Els at his official website. "And you know, it hits the whole family hard. For a long time you are trying to figure out ‘What just happened to my life?' You feel sorry for yourself and for your kid and for your family. And the tragedy is that even in this day and age, the kid who has Autism is often forgotten about. The feeling is that he's almost a waste of time, which says a lot more about society than it does the child. It's heartbreaking."

The cool thing is that you can either win a qualifying tournament or just be one of the biggest two-person fundraisers and you will get a trip to Las Vegas. Also, you can click now to view the official website of TPC Las Vegas for information on Las Vegas golf tee times throughout the year.

"We established our Els for Autism Foundation in the spring of 2009," continues Els. "My first goal was to help create a Center of Excellence, a model for the world of what should be available to children on the autism spectrum. The Center will launch a global digital learning platform that will make best practices in education and therapy available to thousands of children around the world on the autism spectrum. The Center will also have on site education for ages 3-21, professional and medical services, research and transition to adulthood. We're working with some of the best experts in the world to make the Center a reality."

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