Published: March 31st, 2016

Category: Calendar

In partnership with Mr. Scott Hampton, Director of the UF Mark Bostwick Golf Course, UF CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) announces the UF Golf Links for Autism (UFGLA) Inaugural Golf Clinic open to CARD Constituents.

UF CARD is dedicated to raising awareness about the transition issues faced by older teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the communities we serve. This aging population of individuals with ASD is rapidly growing and presents multi-level challenges for individuals, families, and communities as they enter adulthood. Recognizing that a need exists, UF CARD is committed to developing and supporting community partnerships to enhance opportunities for productive employment, mentoring, socialization, and leisure activities for individuals with ASD during this transition period.

Transitioning into adulthood can be a confusing and complex time, and begins the process of individual identity formation, by exploring and solidifying strengths, interests, and roles apart from the family unit. Relinquishing the familiarity of repetitious childhood interests and identifying new interests in the multitude of possibilities available in the adult world can be both a difficult and exciting process for individuals with ASD.

Successful aging has been associated with the following modifiable factors: maintaining a balanced diet and healthy weight, exercising, reducing stress, refraining from smoking, continuing education, having an occupation, engaging in leisure activities, building enriching relationships, and living in a nurturing and clean environment. Finding desirable activities for individuals with ASD, which also embed these practices can be a daunting task. Some have suggested that Golf is one such activity, which may also prove valuable on multiple levels for persons with ASD.

One notable example of successful aging in an individual with ASD is Donald Grey Triplett, the first person ever identified as having Autism by Dr. Leo Kanner in 1943. Mr. Triplett was case number one of the eleven children first identified as having ASD. He was also recently the subject of a Golf channel documentary due to his lifelong interest in golfing, a sport which he still engages in daily, even at the age of 82. It has been suggested that golfing may provide a medium by which individuals on the spectrum may begin to develop increased social interactions, and begin to externalize their focus onto an activity which may also provide enjoyment, exercise, skill development, and improved self-esteem.

UF CARD is very pleased to partner with Golf Pro, Mr. Scott Hampton, Director of the UF Mark Bostwick Golf Course to pilot the inaugural UF Golf Links for Autism (UFGLA) Golf Clinic for our constituents. The 10-week golf clinic is designed for beginners and will provide weekly group instruction for up to 6 participants. Mr. Scott Hampton will teach the clinic at the Bostwick Golf Course and UF CARD staff, and UF students from the Impact Autism service club will be on-site to assist at each lesson.

Through the generosity of our donors, UF CARD will support this endeavor by providing scholarships. For further information please contact Alissa Yax at 352-846-3455. The clinic will be open to UF CARD constituents 16 and older. Space is limited to six (6) participants on a first-come first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.

Anticipated start date:
April 14, 2016

Clinic hours:
Thursdays mornings 10:30AM -11:30AM

Mark Bostick Golf Course @ UF
2800 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32607

If you would like to apply for one of the 6 available participant spots please complete this form HERE

If you would like to be a sponsor please complete this form HERE