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South Walton Academy Tees Up for Autism

- Groundbreaking inclusion school hosts its 3rd annual charity golf tournament to benefit a diverse student body consisting of children that are neurotypical, advanced developing, and on the Autism spectrum. -


SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLORIDA May 14, 2022 – South Walton Academy is raising awareness for students on the Autism Spectrum one swing at a time. The school is hosting its 3rd Annual 2022 Tee Up for Autism Golf Tournament on May 14th, at 9 am at The Baytown Sandestin Golf and Beach Club with registration beginning at 8:00. Teams and individuals alike are in for a fun day of golf, food, drinks, entertainment and prizes. Breakfast will be provided by Blue Mountain Bakery and lunch will be provided by Back Beach BBQ with beverages provided by Amavida Coffee Roasters, and Buffalo Rock. All proceeds will benefit South Walton Academy, a non-profit inclusion school—only one of its kind in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 


“We are a unique school that accommodates all learning styles and learning abilities. All of our classrooms are inclusive, which helps us teach our students with and without disabilities to learn and be more successful,” says South Walton Academy Founder and President Calley Middlebrooks. “We are so much more than just a private school, we are also a pediatric therapy center, and now have gymnasium center open to the public and soon will have an amphitheater for additional community play space”.


Middlebrooks, Developmental Therapist, and mother to three, has a son who was diagnosed with Autism at age 4 while one of her daughters was developing at an advanced rate. Through her experience as a Developmental Therapist and at home, Calley recognized the need for a school where children could move at their own pace and receive therapy or accommodations as needed all in one place, a game-changer for most families coping with ASD. Middlebrooks states, “our school is for all students, not just those with special needs, but being able to accommodate special needs students provides the inclusion environment that all of our community needs. We don’t plan to stop here, our hope is to soon add adult services to include music, art, and fitness. 


Sponsorships for the 2022 Tee Up for Autism Golf Tournament are now available and there are many ways to become involved. Sponsor a Child for as little as $110, Donate a Raffle Prize, Sponsor A Hole, or Sponsor an Event such as Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Each sponsor will be mentioned in the program, and on social media in addition to other perks. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event. 

Teams of four can sign up for $450, and individuals can play for $125. Register in advance at Players will also be able to register in person the day of the event, but pre-registration is highly encouraged to ensure your spot along with your filled event bag. For more information on how to become a sponsor, volunteer, and/or player, please contact Brooke at or


SWA’s goal is to help every child be successful and with that some children need accommodations. Proceeds from the golf tournament will be used to fund the expansion of our campus, and the addition of new programs. 


“As a parent, I am always looking for ways to educate others about Autism to make the world a safer place for my child and others on the Autism Spectrum,” says Middlebrooks. “We can all learn from each other to help others succeed, and by doing this together we can make the world a better place.”


About South Walton Academy

South Walton Academy is a 501c3 nonprofit, private school and pediatric therapy center in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. SWA accepts children birth to 12th grade to include all abilities, whether they are neurotypical, advanced developing or have a developmental delay. Additional Private Pediatric Therapy services are available to the public and our students. South Walton Academy is the only school in South Walton where students can receive ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy in the same location. State funded scholarships are available to help cover the cost of private school tuition which include families with low income, medium income, children with developmental delays, students who have been bullied, and for students who need assistance with reading may qualify for state funded scholarships to help pay for private school. (Learn more at and spread the word.)


 For more information and/or to make a donation to support the school, please call (850) 213-4595, find SWA on Facebook, or visit

2022 Tee up for Autism Sponsors

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Upcoming News and Events


April 30th Cornhole Tournament

Past Events

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South Walton Academy is raising awareness for students on the Autism Spectrum one swing at a time by hosting our 2nd Annual Tee Up for Autism Golf Tournament on NEW DATE: May 22, 2021 at 9:00am, registration begins at 8:00am. Teams and individuals alike are in for a fun day of golf, food, entertainment and prizes. 

Teams of 4 can sign up for $450, and individuals can play for $125. Blue Mountain Bakery will be providing breakfast and Back Beach BBQ will provide lunch. We'll have prizes, beer, and more! Mulligans for purchase with 1 for $5.00 or the maximum of 4 for $15.00.

This is a charity tournament designed for players of all skill levels so you do not need to be a great "golfer" to support this great cause-or to win for that matter! 

If golf is not your thing, please feel free to register as a volunteer, sponsor or donate prizes.

To learn more about this one of a kind, non-profit school and therapy center that specializes in accommodating all learning styles and abilities, please visit 

Call 850.213.4595 or email for more information on this event or how to sponsor a child.

Click the flyer to register! 



New drawing date is May 22nd at 3:00pm


Local 30A artist Justin Gaffrey donated this beautiful 30x40 painting for our Tee Up For Autism Event. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket please click the image. Your donations will go directly to support local children with Autism as well as providing equipment our whole community can enjoy. To learn more about our upcoming additions please click:  

Rain Delay! We have rescheduled Tee Up for Autism for May 22nd. 


We will also extended the raffle to the day of the event . 


If you aren’t registered but would like to, there is still time to get in on this charitable event, enjoy a day of golf, win some pretty cool prizes, and/or raffle to win a chance at a Justin Gaffrey original, all for a good cause!


To join or sponsor Tee Up For Autism please visit:


For a chance to win the raffle for a Justin Gaffrey 30x40 original art painting :

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April 24th

7th Annual Cornhole Tournament

Gift Card Fund Raising Program! Go to and enter the code: 99985L6376868 to purchase gift cards. Purchase in advance for things you already plan to buy such as gas, groceries, amazon items, and so many more! A portion of the proceeds will go directly to SWA.


UpComing Events



Virtual RUN WILL BE ADDED in addition to our in Person RUNS...Stayed Tuned!

Color the Coast for Autism Fun Run


from April 4, 2020 to 


Topsail Hill State Park

5K Check-In 8:15 am

5k Race begins: 9:00 am

Fun Run Check-In: 9:15

Fun Run Race begins: 10:00 am

Beach Bash until-2:00 pm

We are working on a virtual run! and we will be offer silent auction items

Thank you To our Color the Coast Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Copper Sponsors

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September 28, 2019: Eggs on the Beach

October 5, 2019: South Walton Academy Yard Sale


November 2, 2019: Rosemary Beach Uncorked

November 7, 2019: Beer and Idle Hounds 

November 9, 2019: BBQ, Ball & Blends 

September 19, 2020: 30A Cornhole Tournament 

Come support non-profits enjoy music and

WE WON 1st Place!


September 19, 2020

Rosemary Beach Foundation has generously pledged $20,000 to sponsor a therapy room at SWA!

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benefiting South Walton Academy


Donors 2018-2019

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Ask us about our naming opportunities.


St. Joe Foundation 

Donated $45,000.00

Back Beach Barbecue 

Donated $5,100.00


Donated $25,000.00

Winner Announced



We are Moving! 


Help Make Change Happen! Donate Now

Past Events:

La Lumiere

Hannah Martin's Birthday Party 2019 Benefitting South Walton Academy, Special Olympics, and Westonwood Ranch 

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Proffitt PR
Jessica Proffitt Bracken
(850) 460-7777


About Back Beach Barbecue

Back Beach Barbecue opened in June 2017 by Danny and Monica Cosenzi, the duo behind the famed Restaurant Paradis located in Rosemary Beach. Back Beach Barbecue offers a delicious, refined menu highlighted by 12-hour slow cooked meats, simple homemade sides, gluten free options and four sauces which are made in house. At the center of attention are the restaurant’s two wood fired pits, “Smokey” and “The Bandit”, easily viewed and smelled from the covered patio, outdoor patio or via two garage doors which give the restaurant a true open-air feel. Back Beach Barbecue also offers catering for private and corporate events, delivery and a mobile food truck. The restaurant is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning at 6:30 a.m. For more information, please follow Back Beach Barbecue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Information can also be obtained via or by calling 850-249-0822.



Highlands House 06/03/2016

Live music by Luke Langford & the 331 Band

Food, Drinks, Music, and a Silent Auction

We held our first fundraiser on June 3, 2016! It was so much fun and successful! The Highlands House Staff has been wonderful. They have been so helpful and made sure everything was beautiful and delious. Luke Langford and the 331 South Band also donated their time to come play for our event. They were awesome! We had many businesses and local artist donate items of all kinds and we are so grateful to all. Our community has been amazing and without their support we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you to everyone!