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One out of every 133 individuals in Utah ages 0-21 suffers from Autism, according to the Autism Council of Utah. Businesses and individuals can help raise money for Giant Steps, a program for children with Autism, by becoming a sponsor of the Commissioners’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament.

Utah County will host the Second Annual Commissioners’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament on June 29, 2009 at the Alpine Country Club to support Giant Steps. Businesses and individuals can help the program provide much needed resources and expand further through various sponsorship opportunities.

Donations and sponsorships will be accepted by the Utah County Commission Office through June 1, 2009. The tournament will include hole-in-one prizes, contests, and other giveaways.

Autism is a disorder that inhibits communication and social development. Those affected may also experience other cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. Giant Steps, a program in association with Wasatch Mental Health, seeks to provide Autistic children ages 3-5 with the resources and learning experiences necessary to help them develop. “We really work hard to help them reach their potential. Early intervention makes a big difference,” says Suzanne Stephens, Program Supervisor. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel we did amazing things and the kids do amazing things.”

At Giant Steps, every student receives one-on-one tutoring to help them on their specific learning level. Children who qualify work with instructors in the following areas: speech therapy, occupational therapy, and adaptive physical education. Student development is tracked and analyzed daily to help ensure that every child is progressing and receiving the assistance they need and deserve.

For more information on the tournament, contact Barbara Bohn at 801-851-8133 or Julia Currey at 801-851-2106 or download an entry form at the link below.

Related Links

Utah Autism Statistics

Golf Tournament ENTRY FORM

About Giant Steps

Wasatch Mental Health