Broadening college aspirations at the fourth annual College Bound Academy

By Leticia Calvillo |
With college admission becoming more and more competitive each year, incoming seniors across the country use their summer break to start their college applications. For many, especially first-generation, college-bound students, this process can be daunting and stressful. With this in in mind, the Tiger Woods Learning Center hosted its fourth annual College Bound Academy this summer. This unique opportunity allows students to broaden their knowledge of the college admissions process and financial aid for four-year colleges and universities. READ MORE
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The best ticket to this year's Labor Day weekend celebration

By Aaron Goldberg |
New England's premier golf tournament is ideal for the sports enthusiast, the casual fan or the socialite, as there is truly something for everyone at the Deutsche Bank Championship. From the golf fan to the foodie, there is a package perfect for you this Labor Day weekend. READ MORE

Donor Spotlight: Bob Winegard

By Bob Winegard |
Founder of Imagen Records Bob Winegard began his successful career as engineer in the tech sector before crossing over into the music industry. A longtime friend of the Tiger Woods Foundation since 2007, he has served as a donor and event sponsor throughout the years. His support for the foundation extends to our Earl Woods Scholars with Winegard sponsoring five of our D.C. scholars though their college journey. In an interview with TWF, Winegard opens up about the experiences that have shaped him. READ MORE
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The best of New England

By Aaron Goldberg |
Once a year TPC Boston combines the very best New England has to offer in a celebration that represents every corner of this distinctive region. The top 100 golfers in the world flock to TPC Boston in order to compete for the prestigious Wedgwood Trophy and the Deutsche Bank Championship. The festive Labor Day weekend competition includes something for everyone. If you're from New England, this tournament is for you. READ MORE

A remarkable week of STEM innovation at Summer Academy

By Kimberly O'Toole and Leticia Calvillo |
The Tiger Woods Foundation's High School Summer Academy hosted 87 high school students from not only all around the United States, but the Czech Republic as well, to experience the life of a college student. In the evenings, these young people built lasting relationships by residing in the dorms at the University of California, Irvine, while participating in college-related workshops and activities. Their days were spent at the Tiger Woods Learning Center where they explored careers in project-based, hands-on classes such as biotechnology, DIY chemistry, engineering, mobile app design and TETRIX robotics. Here's a look at their unforgettable week. READ MORE

TWF welcomes five students from the Czech Republic

By Mehrab Sarwar |
This summer, through the sponsorship of the Drab Foundation, the Tiger Woods Foundation was able to host five students from the Czech Republic to participate in a two-week program focused on the U.S. college and university systems. Hailing from the city of Prague, these high school students not only had the opportunity to participate in cultural excursions, college visits and workshops to gain an understanding of the U.S. college admissions process, but they were able to partake in the High School Summer Academy where they experienced hands-on STEM workshops at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. READ MORE

Scholar Voices: My eye-opening journey through China

By Efosa Erhunmwunse |
Fourteen of our Earl Woods Scholars had the pleasure of traveling to China this summer on a 10-day excursion that took them to Beijing and Shanghai. The once-in-a-lifetime experience, hosted by Ourgame, parent company of the World Poker Tour©, was the first time many of the students had traveled outside of the United States. For Efosa Erhunmwunse, a rising junior at Ithaca College, the experience was life-changing. From participating in a three-legged race with school children to standing 263 feet above the ground, Erhunmwunse's time in China was unforgettable. READ MORE

Charlie Rose to co-host TWF's 20th anniversary celebration

By Reshma Melwani |
The Tiger Woods Foundation is excited to announce that preeminent journalist and news anchor Charlie Rose will co-host the Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th anniversary celebration at the iconic New York Public Library in New York City on Oct. 20, 2016. Rose will join host Tiger Woods on stage for a candid conversation about the past, present and future of TWF. The evening's Celebration of Unexpected Champions promises to be an incredible red-carpet event filled with celebrities, athletes and luminaries. READ MORE

FedExCup standings take shape ahead of The Open Championship

By Aaron Goldberg |
With two majors already in the books, the best golfers in the world prepare to take the stage at Royal Troon this week for The Open Championship. The 145th edition of The Open marks an exciting time for golf fans, as the PGA Championship follows just two weeks later. The final two majors will help shape the field of the Deutsche Bank Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs. READ MORE

Experience this year's unforgettable golf getaway

By Matt Cusick |
Seventeen-mile drive. Three of the world's most breathtaking golf courses. The most iconic golfer of all time. This fall, the Tiger Woods Foundation invites you to golfer's paradise, the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI. With Monterey Peninsula as the backdrop, this private event provides participants with three days of competitive golf, networking opportunities and countless memories. READ MORE

Scholar Voices: Where are they now?

By Avni Patel |
Earl Woods Scholar alum Avni Patel writes in to our Scholar Voices series to share an update of where she is today. Part of the inaugural cohort of Earl Woods Scholars, Patel has come a long way over these past nine years. A graduate of Tiger Woods' alma mater, Western High School, she spent four years striving for and achieving success as a biochemistry major at UCLA. Patel has recently completed her final year at the University of New Mexico's Doctor of Pharmacy program. She is now poised to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a pharmacist. READ MORE

Can't join us in NYC on Oct. 20? You can still help us celebrate

By Marci Gentzkow |
On Oct. 20, 2016, the Tiger Woods Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the iconic New York Public Library in New York City. Hosted by Tiger Woods, this Celebration of Unexpected Champions promises to be an incredible red-carpet event filled with celebrities, athletes and luminaries. With sought-after tickets and limited seating, space is selling out quickly. So for those who are unable to attend the celebration in person, we offer two meaningful ways to participate in the event and lend your support.
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Scholar Voices: How China broadened my worldview

By Alondra Contreras |
Fourteen of our Earl Woods Scholars had the pleasure of traveling to China this summer on an 11-day excursion that took them to Beijing and Shanghai. The once-in-a-lifetime experience, hosted by Ourgame, parent company of the World Poker Tour©, was the first time many of the students had traveled outside of the United States. For Alondra Contreras, a rising junior at Whitman College, the experience was life-changing. Contreras shares with us the magnificent sights, flavors and cultural experiences she encountered throughout her journey. READ MORE

Daughters of the American Revolution honor TWF's Dr. Katherine Bihr

By Reshma Melwani |
On the heels of America's Independence Day, Tiger Woods Foundation gives three cheers to our very own patriot Dr. Katherine Bihr, vice president of programs and education. On May 18, Bihr was the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Women in History Award, presented by the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, California. Bihr joins the ranks of several famous recipients including Rosa Parks. READ MORE

A look at the TWF Scholars' 11-day journey in China

By Leticia Calvillo |
This summer, 14 fortunate scholars received the opportunity to have what could easily be the most memorable summer experience of their lives. After over a year of planning, the Earl Woods Scholars were welcomed to Beijing and Shanghai for an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of Ourgame, parent company to the World Poker Tour®. READ MORE

CEO reflects on two years at TWF

By Rick Singer |
This month marks my second anniversary as the CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, and as with all great experiences, the time has moved incredibly fast. Before joining TWF, I had a wonderful career working in advertising, sports marketing, the NBA and IBM. I learned so much along the way that when I came to TWF I knew I had to focus on four key ingredients for our success. READ MORE

Meet Adam Pliska: Champion of the unexpected

By Reshma Melwani |
If we summed up Adam Pliska by his greatest accomplishments, some might think the stars were perfectly aligned for him. Not only is he a self-taught musician, but by the age of 16 the young Pliska was also a successful entrepreneur, selling personalized towels and T-shirts to local high schools. With a film degree from USC, Pliska crafted a high-profile career as a producer in Hollywood, mentored by none other than the legendary Al Burton. With a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, Pliska landed an externship with famed judge Alex Kozinski, who presided over the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And at the age of 44, Pliska, who lives comfortably with his wife in their custom-built home in Newport Beach, California, currently sits as the president and CEO of the World Poker Tour, where he oversees a multi-million dollar organization. READ MORE

My transformational experience at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, D.C.

By Nicolas Villarroel |
In the halls of Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at Capitol Hill there is one room that allows students to conduct research, complete their robotics assignment, play a game of chess, use a 3D printer and much more: the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC). As a recent graduate of TWLC's after-school program and of Cesar Chavez, I had a memorable time working and laughing alongside my friends and engaging in innovative ideas at the learning center. READ MORE

Luxury car brand Genesis named title sponsor of prestigious PGA TOUR tournament in LA

By Genesis Open |
One of the most historic and longest-running events on the PGA TOUR starts a new chapter as global luxury car brand Genesis becomes title sponsor of the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. Together with the Tiger Woods Foundation, the tournament's host organization, the Genesis Open begins a new era of golf in Southern California, hosting the world's best professionals and delivering a premium fan experience in the U.S. and worldwide. The 2017 Genesis Open will be held Feb. 13-19 and will be broadcast nationally by CBS. READ MORE

Billy Hurley wins 2016 Quicken Loans National

By Emily Lemmon |
Congratulations to Billy Hurley III on winning his first PGA TOUR event at the 2016 Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland, at Congressional Country Club. The hometown hero ended his final round with a score of 17-under for the tournament and 3-under for the day. Hurley was surrounded by friends and family as he closed out the tournament on 18 green with a putt for par. READ MORE
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Cliff and Dottie Thomas win the Volunteer Challenge

By Emily Lemmon |
Cliff and Dottie Thomas were named the winners of the Quicken Loans National PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge sponsored by Myrbetriq during a check presentation on Sunday, June 26. Over the last three months, volunteers, golf fans and Quicken Loans National enthusiasts voted for their favorite volunteers and in the process raised money for the Tiger Woods Foundation. READ MORE
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Take your 'Shot for Heroes'

By Noah Sharfman |
After Rickie Fowler kicked off the Quicken Loans Shot for Heroes at the National on Wednesday, fans and players at the Quicken Loans National now have the opportunity to take their shot from a custom-built 19th hole or par-3 at Congressional Country Club for a chance to raise up to $10,000 for charity. All proceeds raised from the Quicken Loans Shot For Heroes will benefit Operation Homefront and the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Shot for Heroes tee box is located between the clubhouse and 18 green on the fairway of the first hole of the Gold Course. READ MORE

Sponsor Spotlight: Bill Emerson

By Bill Emerson |
Serving as the CEO of Quicken Loans Inc., Bill Emerson is responsible for the leadership and growth of the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender. The Detroit-based company employs 15,000 team members and was ranked No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list in 2016. READ MORE
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Round 1: Important weather update

By Quicken Loans National staff |
Due to inclement weather, Round 1 of the Quicken Loans National has been delayed for two hours, now scheduled to tee off at 9:15 a.m. ET. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. The tee times for the afternoon groups will be delayed two hours and will start at 2 p.m. READ MORE

Just released: New video celebrating unexpected champions

By Marci Gentzkow |
What if we started saying YES instead of NO? At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to become something more than we ever expected. Preview our newly released video, celebrating unexpected champions. READ MORE
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My National day

By Jason Deters |
It was the greatest honor of my life to serve six years in the United States Marine Corps. Amidst the trials and tribulations associated with daily military challenges, several years ago I found a week-long escape in an annual volunteer opportunity. It was at this event where I would begin to forge lifelong friendships and unforgettable experiences. READ MORE
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Wednesday pro-am pairings for the Quicken Loans National

By Tiger Woods Foundation |
The 2016 Quicken Loans National Pro-Am tees off Wednesday morning, June 22. An annual tradition of tournament week, the Quicken Loans National Pro-Am is a highlight for both PGA TOUR professionals and the amateurs playing with them. READ MORE
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How to: Declare your day at the Quicken Loans National

By Emily Lemmon and Noah Sharfman |
You may have seen it on social media or on the Quicken Loans National website. Maybe you've seen it on advertisements. What is #DeclareYourDay? The Quicken Loans National is Washington, D.C.'s premier PGA TOUR event, and there is no better place than our nation's capital to celebrate your very own national holiday. READ MORE

What my mentor means to me

By Stephanie Navarrete |
Here at the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe in the intrinsic value of the mentor/mentee relationship. One of the key components of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program is to pair recipients with dedicated mentors who will see them through their four years of college, if not longer. For many first-generation college students or students of immigrants, mentors serve as crucial guideposts, helping scholars navigate through the new and often overwhelming world of college and career. Today we hear from Earl Woods Scholar alum Stephanie Navarrete as she writes about her personal and professional relationship with her mentor, now retired Ernst & Young partner Deborah Nolan. READ MORE
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Playing unified at the Perfect Sense Pro-Am

By Parker Ramsdell |
As Camron Sandoz's final putt dropped on the 18th hole of the Perfect Sense Pro-Am, he turned to his playing partner, PGA professional Arjun Atwal, and handed him a gift to commemorate the round -- his gold medal from the 2015 Special Olympics Louisiana State Golf Tournament. READ MORE
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Field announced for 2016 Quicken Loans National

By Noah Sharfman |
The 120-player field for next week's Quicken Loans National was confirmed Friday. Hosted by Tiger Woods, the 10th annual Quicken Loans National begins Thursday, June 23, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The final field is subject to change prior to competition. READ MORE
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Upgrade your experience

By Noah Sharfman |
It's time to experience the best of the Quicken Loans National in style. Take your daily grounds ticket and turn that experience into the ultimate day of golf and luxury. While on course, make sure to take advantage of all the great upgraded experiences available to fans. READ MORE
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Know before you go: Quicken Loans National

By Noah Sharfman |
Prior to heading to Congressional Country Club for the 2016 Quicken Loans National (June 21-26), stay up to date on all the important spectator information to make your experience more enjoyable on course. READ MORE

Scholars and mentors get social this summer

By Hilary Falk |
(Photo: Hilary joins several of our fabulous East Coast mentors at a summer social.)
Ahhh, summer is here! School's out, the sun's out and the buzz of new college students discussing their plans for the next four years can be heard. But there is something else that is going on to kick off the summer: the chatter of new scholars and mentors developing and building their relationship at the Earl Woods Scholarship Summer Orientation and Social. READ MORE
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New fan destinations at the Quicken Loans National!

By Emily Lemmon |
You know what Congressional Country Club has to offer, from the iconic 10th hole to the club's beautiful grounds. While the course itself has not seen major renovations or changes in a few years, that doesn't mean that there won't be new additions for you to experience around the grounds this summer. New in 2016 are two open-to-the-public hot spots at the Quicken Loans National that will be sure to offer fans the best experience on course. READ MORE

The unstoppable Evan Chang

By Rick Singer |
It's my pleasure to introduce you to Evan Chang, an alumnus of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. As you will see from the video, he is an amazing and impressive young man. In 2008, he entered our program and began to experience the 360-degree support we provide. READ MORE
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FedExCup top 100 shaping up as U.S. Open tees off

By Morgan Salm |
With the race to the FedExCup heating up and the start of the playoffs just months away, players are looking to climb their way up the standings. Play will commence this Thursday for the 116th U.S. Open, featuring a field packed with the world's greatest players. Oakmont returns to host the U.S. Open for the first time since 2007. As the year's second major gets underway, let's take a look at how the field for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship is taking shape. READ MORE
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Attention all foodies! The Quicken Loans National wants YOU

By Emily Lemmon |
At the Quicken Loans National, there is more than great golf. We give you great food! New in 2016, the Quicken Loans National has upgraded its concession offerings throughout the course, bringing the experience of your favorite summertime fair to Congressional Country Club. Experience the new menu items as you check out the concession stands around the grounds at the Quicken Loans National. READ MORE

A note of thanks to our generous donors

By Jessica Carbajal |
Donors, sponsors, stakeholders, contributors, grantors or investors. There are many names for the philanthropically devoted individuals and corporations who believe in the innovative programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and generously give to support our work. For every gift and sponsorship TWF receives, there is a unique story tied to the contribution. Whether it is a successful business entrepreneur who overcame his impoverished childhood to build an empire from scratch and wants to give deserving youth the chance to pursue their college dreams, or a leading aerospace corporation that recognizes that without a prepared and dedicated workforce they will not remain globally competitive in the future, our donors have many reasons for contributing to our cause. READ MORE
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D.C.'s rooftop scene comes to Congressional

By Emily Lemmon |
Seize the opportunity to experience the Quicken Loans National like never before. New in 2016 are two totally unique and premier fan destination experiences. Take in Congressional from The Rooftop or Clubhouse Social Lounge. These are the newest and trendiest ways to experience a golf tournament, with downtown D.C. vibes taking over Congressional Country Club. READ MORE

TWLC's summer of STEM, golf and college prep

By Gyla Bell |
As the school year is coming to an end, the Tiger Woods Learning Center is just getting started. Summer is a busy time, and this summer will not disappoint. TWLC will offer opportunities for youth and teachers to learn and practice skills in science, technology, engineering, math and golf, as well as prepare for the college application process. From week-long classes to overnight camps, students and teachers will be sure to take part in many fun-filled experiences. READ MORE

Charbel Hanna kicks off our Scholar Voices series

By Charbel Hanna |
In our new series, Scholar Voices, we invite our Earl Woods Scholars to share their stories with us, discussing their unique experiences in college. In our inaugural post, Bentley University junior Charbel Hanna writes about his experience transferring colleges after his freshman year and the obstacles and accomplishments he has encountered along the way. READ MORE

Top 10 reasons our 20th anniversary party can't be missed!

By Marci Gentzkow |
(Photo: Christian Oth Studios)
Tiger and his foundation will take New York City on Oct. 20, 2016. This monumental 20th anniversary event is sure to go down in history books. Here are the top 10 reasons why you won't want to miss this celebration of unexpected champions! READ MORE
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Calling all kids!

By Emily Lemmon |
Calling all kids! This year, the Quicken Loans National has something for fans of all ages! From new fan engagement areas to activities just for kids, there are a number of kid-friendly areas and activities that the entire family will enjoy. READ MORE

Earl Woods Scholars head to China

By Cristina Fernández |
It was a little over a year ago at Tiger Jam 2015 that I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Yang, chairman of World Poker Tour's parent company Ourgame. His passion for the youth we serve via our scholarship program was abundantly clear. Upon meeting Tiger at the Poker Night event and learning more about the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, he felt inspired to support the foundation beyond a monetary donation. READ MORE

The intrinsic value of a mentor

By Kathy Bihr |
In Greek mythology, Mentor, a friend of Odysseus, was placed in charge of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, when Odysseus left for the Trojan War. Mentor was charged to teach, encourage and build the inner confidence of Telemachus so that he would be able to thrive in his father's absence. The personal name mentor has since been adopted in English as a term meaning someone who imparts wisdom and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague. READ MORE
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A well-earned ticket

By Noah Sharfman |
Starting today, 30,000 tickets to the Quicken Loans National will be distributed to members of our armed forces. Since the inception of the Quicken Loans National in 2007, more than 300,000 tickets have been distributed, and Lockheed Martin has played an incredible role in helping to provide tournament access to military members and their families. READ MORE
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Three reasons why the Quickens Loans National is the ultimate Father's Day gift

By Emily Lemmon |
Forget having to go shopping for a Father's Day gift this year. The Quicken Loans National is your one-stop shop for giving dad a gift he will never forget. While a new tie, novelty mug or pack of socks is sure to show your appreciation for your dad, spending the day together at the Quicken Loans National will produce memories to last a lifetime. Here are the top three reasons to make a memory with Dad at the 2016 Quicken Loans National. READ MORE

Nineteen tips on how to succeed in life after college

By Michelle Kim |
Do you remember how overwhelmed you felt during your college admissions process? Then even before you could breathe a sigh of relief after getting accepted into the college of your choice, you had to adjust to new friends, new housing, new classes, being homesick -- all while having to make the first of many important decisions on your own. Well, you survived these incredibly daunting and difficult challenges! READ MORE

Honoring our nation's armed forces

By Emily Lemmon |
The Quicken Loans National is a celebration of the D.C. region and our country. Since the inaugural tournament in 2007, the Quicken Loans National has recognized our military for all of their service, domestic and abroad. Between the military appreciation program, We Salute Our Heroes Tribute Wall and the military caddie program, the Quicken Loans National will continue to honor those who have served our country. READ MORE

Donor Spotlight: Edward Machir

By Edward Machir |
With an impressive tenure as a CPA and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers spanning 35 years, Edward Machir joined the Tiger Woods Foundation's Board of Directors in 2013, where he currently serves on the Audit Committee. A graduate of Georgetown University and an ardent supporter of the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, Machir has dedicated much of his time over the years as an EWSP mentor to two fellow Georgetown University students. Recently retired, he continues to share his wealth of knowledge and years of expertise in auditing and accounting with students as a professor in practice at the McDonough School of Business at his alma mater. In a Q&A with TWF, Machir offers a glimpse into his world and the people and experiences that have shaped him. READ MORE

Vina Vo: An unexpected champion

By Reshma Melwani |
Anh Nguyen raised her granddaughter, Vina Vo, to be a champion. Whether she knows it or not, Nguyen passed on to Vo her dogged determination and her unwavering capacity to nurture those around her. The matriarch of her family, a family torn apart by the carnage of the Vietnam War, Nguyen fearlessly dodged bombs during her weekly sojourns to the market to sell fabric, just to make ends meet. She single-handedly raised her youngest siblings and her own five children for 10 years in the province of Vinh Long along the Mekong Delta, while her husband escaped to America endlessly fighting to bring her over. READ MORE

With cheers and tears, TWF celebrates the Class of 2016

By Reshma Melwani |
With the last few weeks of high school upon us, many seniors are preparing excitedly to don their cap and gown, collect their diploma and forge ahead on their next journey of higher education. However, for many students, the road to graduation, and subsequently to a four-year college, is not without its obstacles. For first-generation college students or students who are the sons and daughters of immigrants, that road to higher education can be fraught with insecurities, confusion and financial limitations. But with the guidance of the Tiger Woods Foundation, that journey does not have to happen alone. READ MORE
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Media Day: A day in the life

By Noah Sharfman |
On Monday, May 16, media members, community leaders and invited guests gathered with Tiger Woods at Congressional Country Club to kick off the Quicken Loans Shot for Heroes program. After debuting at the Quicken Loans National last year, Shot for Heroes is back in a bigger and better way in 2016. READ MORE

An original staff member reflects on 20 years of growth

By Stacy Stark-Bloch |
When Earl Woods originally hired me in 1997, he called my house and said he had no idea what I would be doing, he just said he needed someone he could trust, so when could I start. I was ready for a change and knew the Woods family through my dad since 1980, so I quit my job in the medical field the next day. I took a leap of faith that the Tiger Woods Foundation was truly going to be a great new experience, but I had no idea that I would still be here 19 years later! READ MORE

A crash course in college scholarships

By Denisse Jover |
On a daily basis, I listen to students' constant worries about paying for college. I've even heard them tell me about dollar signs chasing after them in their dreams and falling into a dark hole of college debt. After lending an ear, I proceed to follow up and ask, "Well, have you applied for scholarships?" READ MORE

A strong start for high school seniors

By Mehrab Sarwar |
One unique aspect to the process of selecting prospective students for the Earl Woods Scholarship is that we also set aside another group of students who are selected as juniors in the spring. These students receive an additional year of guidance during one of the most overwhelming years in their lives -- their senior year of high school. We take special pride in working with these students during their senior year as it allows us to develop strong relationships with their families, provide guidance in exploring all types of colleges and make sure that each student leaves high school with complete and thorough information of where they stand financially. READ MORE
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Shot for Heroes lets fans take a swing at $10,000 for veterans and themselves

By Jordan Fylonenko |
The Quicken Loans National is taking over the driving ranges of four public golf courses in Montgomery County, Maryland, to give fans the opportunity to take a "Shot for Heroes" to raise money for veterans and military families -- and maybe even earn themselves a nice little payday. READ MORE

Alumni network

By Vina Vo |
As a first-generation college student, leaving to go to college was an overwhelming and slightly terrifying experience. Although I was only 45 minutes away from home (without traffic), I felt like I was entering into an unfamiliar and unknown domain. Luckily, I had the Tiger Woods Foundation family on which to rely. READ MORE

Show me the money? Not so fast

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |
There are a multitude of ambitious scholarship programs across the United States that open doors for students to attend the universities of their dreams. From a financial standpoint, some of the best provide renewable opportunities so that worries about ongoing costs are minimized. Others provide year-one funding that greatly enhances the ability to get into a top school. From there students are free to explore both campus and local opportunities for work that will offset costs in years two and beyond. However, an elite group of scholarship providers has thought more broadly about what it takes for young people to succeed in college and beyond. So, what does it take? READ MORE

Flashback: Topping out the Tiger Woods Learning Center

By Marci Gentzkow |
Today we flash back to a monumental date in the development of the Tiger Woods Learning Center: the topping-out ceremony! On May 5, 2005, Mayor Curt Pringle and city officials joined then-Tiger Woods Foundation president Greg McLaughlin for the topping-out ceremony, celebrating a construction tradition and marking a milestone in the facility's construction. READ MORE

In his words: A celebration of Earl Woods

By Reshma Melwani |
It's been 10 years since the passing of Earl Woods. The son of a street cleaner and a maid, Woods was born into humble beginnings in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1932. Despite losing both his parents by his mid-teens, he attended Kansas State University on a baseball scholarship, knowing that education would ultimately tear down the many obstacles that stood in his way. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Woods served with the Green Berets during the Vietnam War, and proved to all that he was a natural born leader. He not only mentored his son, Tiger, but he ultimately felt it was his purpose to guide others toward their own greatness. For Woods, the Tiger Woods Foundation would be the catalyst that would allow him and his son to reach thousands of kids in need of a support system. Through his words and images, we look back at the life, legacy and accomplishments of Earl Woods. READ MORE

The polls are open!

By Noah Sharfman |
The people have spoken and votes have been cast in the 2016 Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge. But the action is just heating up. READ MORE

Remembering Earl: A Q&A with Tida Woods

By Tida Woods |
On May 3, 2006, the world said goodbye to Earl Woods. From his death came the birth of the Earl Woods Scholarship, brought to life by Tiger and generous individuals from around the world who donated more than $1 million in Earl's memory. With a 98 percent graduation rate, the Earl Woods Scholarship offers low-income and first-generation college students the support and mentorship necessary for their academic success and beyond. On the 10th anniversary of his death, we asked Tida Woods to reflect on her late husband's legacy of learning. READ MORE

Positive Youth Development Theory: The foundation of the TWLC

By Mary Ackerman / Retired Director of External Relations, Search Institute |
"The measure of the health of a society is how well it takes care of its youngest generation. By this standard we fail," wrote the late psychologist Dr. Peter Benson in his 1997 groundbreaking book "All Kids Are Our Kids." READ MORE

Four stars for the Tiger Woods Foundation

By Reshma Melwani |
With 20 years in the education game, the Tiger Woods Foundation has remained steadfast in its goal of educating and guiding future generations of innovators, creators and leaders. We strive for our own professional excellence so that we may deliver opportunities to our students that allow them to rise to their full potential. We set our business bar high so that our scholars may shine bright in this competitive marketplace. We push ourselves to surpass our own executive goals so that we can intrinsically impart on our kids the unrelenting drive required to be the catalyst for change in this world. READ MORE

18th Annual Tiger Jam 2016 is sold out

By Michelle Bemis |
The most anticipated high-stakes poker and world-class golf event of the year, the 18th Annual Tiger Jam 2016, has sold out. Tiger Jam will take place Friday, April 29, to Saturday, April 30, at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. All proceeds will help the Tiger Woods Foundation equip underserved students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations.
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The fun and difficult process of selecting Earl Woods Scholars

By Cristina Fernandez |
These past few days have been a whirlwind of travel to the East Coast cities where the Tiger Woods Foundation selects scholars. It's an exciting time of year for me to read the scholarship applications of deserving students and select candidates to move forward to the interview phase. It's always a wonderful experience to meet the students in person and get to know them better, beyond what was presented on paper. READ MORE
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Do you have what it takes to win the Volunteer Challenge?

By Emily Lemmon |
In 2015, 13-year-old Bryce Corbett won the Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge and presented a $10,000 check to the Tiger Woods Foundation. The Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge gives tournament volunteers like Bryce a chance to raise money for the foundation while participating in a friendly election. The Volunteer Challenge encourages volunteers of all ages to get involved and garner the most votes to win it all. READ MORE

Donor Spotlight: Danny Conway

By Danny Conway |
Tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Danny Conway joined the Tiger Woods Foundation's board in 2014 and brought with him unlimited insights and guidance. With an impressive run at some of Silicon Valley's most successful startups, including Facebook, Airtime and Snocap, Conway currently manages TechFellow Fund, an investment program to honor those who make great innovation happen. His passion for nurturing the innovators of tomorrow extends to our very own Earl Woods Scholars, as he sets out to begin his new role as a mentor. In a Q&A with TWF, Conway offers a snapshot into his world, and the people and experiences that have shaped him. READ MORE

Meet Leslie Lynch: Champion of the unexpected

By Reshma Melwani |
The call of the classroom runs strong in Leslie Lynch's blood. With her own mother only recently retiring after 30 years as a special-needs teacher, Lynch truly believes teaching is more than her vocation. It's her calling. At the age of 30, she left behind a successful career in business to become an educator. Now, with 14 years of teaching under her belt, Lynch can't imagine doing anything else, and her passion for science is electric. "To be a science teacher is the best job possible," she exclaimed. "These kids love science. They love using their hands to make things and see how things work. It's an adventure and they love it." READ MORE

The role of a mentor for the first-generation college student

By William Borges |
Our scholars -- just because they are scholars -- sometimes create an extra bit of conflict with the closest people in their lives: their parents and other family members. Having experienced 40-plus years of occasional strains in family relationships because I'm a first-in-the-family college graduate and card-carrying egghead, I'm always concerned about how scholars are getting along with their families and friends. READ MORE
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Experience your own This Close to a Legend Day

By Noah Sharfman |
Experience your very own This Close to a Legend Day at the 2016 Quicken Loans National and win a meet and greet with tournament host Tiger Woods. This is your opportunity to make an unforgettable memory at the National. READ MORE

Flashback to a groundbreaking day

By Marci Gentzkow |
Today, we flash back to a major milestone in foundation history. On April 16, 2003, Tiger and Earl joined with local Anaheim children to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. In addition to showcasing the various design elements of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Tiger announced Target stores as the first major donor in the $25 million fundraising campaign with a donation of $2.5 million. READ MORE

Helping teachers orchestrate an engaging STEM classroom

By David Tong |
Teachers are like conductors in orchestras. They strive to facilitate a perfect lesson while enabling their students to demonstrate their skills and talents within harmonious classrooms. In doing so, they continue to seek professional development opportunities that allow them to stretch their lessons from beyond the textbook. With the current Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards adoption, teachers must be able to conduct students through these challenging transitions of deeper conceptual understanding. READ MORE

Announcing STEM Studio: Teacher's edition

By Reshma Melwani |
Imagine a place where creativity and innovation are paramount; where teachers take on the role of students, delving into hands-on STEM activities. A place where inquiry-based learning leads to real-world applications; where like-minded educators gather to collaborate and take risks. This is STEM Studio: a week-long immersion in STEM education based on the award-winning educational philosophy from the Tiger Woods Learning Center. READ MORE
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How to: Conducting business on the golf course

By Aaron Moszer |
It's time to think outside the box. Better yet, think outside the office. You've spent enough time on conference calls and in staff meetings. Now it's time to get work done while enjoying a day on the golf course. No need to take time off from work when you can take your office outside. Here are the top ways to conduct business at the Quicken Loans National. READ MORE
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2016 Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge

By Emily Lemmon |
It's time to declare your National Volunteer Day, and there's no better time to do so than during National Volunteer Week. As part of National Volunteer Week, we are kicking off the 2016 Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge! READ MORE

Adding passion and purpose to professional development

By Melisa San Agustin |
What do you get when you combine innovation with collaboration? You get a team of passionate individuals with one goal in mind: to empower the unexpected champions of the world! From the youth that enter the doors of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, to the teachers that participate in our professional development trainings, to the diverse group of guests that observe and partake in our programs, our staff has an impeccable work ethic that leaves a lasting impression wherever they go. The staff of the Tiger Woods Learning Center is a talented group of people with a unique and innovative skill set. READ MORE

Three effective components of STEM professional development

By Gyla Bell |
At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe in the importance of providing educators with effective professional development in order to be well-equipped and comfortable in delivering high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences to their students. The approach we've found most effective is allowing them to explore content through the student's perspective. Educators partake in hands-on, project-based activities designed for them to learn, understand and, in turn, teach their students in the classroom. READ MORE
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The top 10 moments of the Quicken Loans National

By Emily Lemmon |
This year marks the Quicken Loans National's 10th anniversary. As a celebration of this milestone, during the month of March we highlighted the top 10 moments in tournament history. The 10th playing of the Quicken Loans National cements the tournament's importance on the PGA TOUR and continues to be a unique event in the DC region. Celebrating championship golf, our country and charity partnerships, the National knows no bounds. Look back at the top 10 moments in Quicken Loans National history. READ MORE

Ten unforgettable Tiger Jam performances

By Michelle Bemis |
Tiger Jam is known for its legendary performances. As we approach Tiger Jam 2016, featuring GRAMMY Award-winning artist Jason Mraz on April 30 at the MGM Grand, we pay homage to some of the most memorable performances in the event's history. READ MORE
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Start making your Labor Day weekend plans; tickets on sale now

By Noah Sharfman |
If you are from New England, the Deutsche Bank Championship is for you. Celebrate the best of New England at your annual Labor Day weekend PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoff event. The PGA TOUR's top 100 players highlight New England's best summer getaway experience. Spend your holiday weekend with family, friends, clients, golf buddies and the world's best golfers. READ MORE

People Development: Paying it forward

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |
One of the most critical things that organizations can do to increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment is simple -- invest in their learning. Sadly, in tight budget times, this tends to be one of the first areas that is viewed as dispensable. I disagree. If we don't invest in people, they will not invest in us; moreover, they may become frustrated, take their jobs for granted and disengage from their work. While this is true for all business sectors, it is incredibly important in education and out-of-school-time organizations because we are constantly in the spotlight for our work with youth. READ MORE
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The top moment in Quicken Loans National history

By Emily Lemmon |
On Friday, July 1, 2012, a derecho ripped through the Mid-Atlantic area destroying homes, uprooting trees and flooding streets. Five states were declared under a state of emergency, as the storm passed through the eastern half of the United States. The derecho produced numerous large thunderstorms and 80 mph winds. Right in its path was Congressional Country Club and the Quicken Loans National. READ MORE

Tiger Woods Foundation to host PGA TOUR's Hyundai-sponsored tournament in Los Angeles

By PGA TOUR |
The PGA TOUR announced today that the Tiger Woods Foundation will become the new host organization of the TOUR's historic tournament at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Tiger Woods, who grew up in the Los Angeles area and whose foundation is headquartered in nearby Irvine, California, is expanding his commitment to his native California by serving as the host and becoming actively involved in the tournament. The transition follows the recent announcement that Hyundai Motor America will become the tournament's title sponsor, also beginning with the 2017 event. PGA TOUR Championship Management has operated the tournament since 2009. READ MORE

The STEM Learning Ecosystem

By Gerald Solomon |
Since 2012, the Samueli Foundation has stood alongside the Tiger Woods Foundation as advocates for quality STEM education for all students. Gerald Solomon, the foundation's executive director, believes the key for our future generation's success is intrinsically tied to how we educate our students and teachers in STEM education. Solomon, who led the design and development of the OC STEM Initiative, the nation's first STEM Ecosystem, explains why a new teaching system is so urgent. READ MORE

Donor Appreciation: Cynthia and Thomas Coad - A Legacy of Learning

By Reshma Melwani |
In celebration of the Tiger Woods Learning Center's 10th anniversary, we look back at and give thanks to our community of donors, who have dedicated their resources and efforts to help us get where we are today. In a Q&A with Cynthia and Thomas Coad, two of the TWLC's first major advocates, we shine a light on their instrumental role in helping the Learning Center break ground in Anaheim in 2004. READ MORE

Meet Matt Frankenbery: Champion of the unexpected

By Bob Buttitta |
As the vice president of education at Pitsco Education, a Kansas-based company that designs innovative educational programs and solutions for schools, Matt Frankenbery works with clients all over the country to help implement curriculum designed to inspire and empower young people in their pursuit of knowledge. READ MORE

A STEM Saturday for Washington, D.C., teachers

By Noah Sharfman |
On Saturday, March 19, the Tiger Woods Foundation hosted its first-ever DC STEM Teacher's Seminar. In conjunction with the DC STEM Fair and the DC STEM Network, the foundation hosted more than 50 teachers at its three-hour seminar. The free event offered multiple workshops aimed at bringing STEM into the classroom. READ MORE

Meet the Earl Woods Scholars: Erica & Jessica Rivera

By Reshma Melwani |
In unison, identical twins Erica and Jessica Rivera emphatically declare that mathematics is their passion. They don't know where this love comes from. They say it's organic; let's say it runs in their matching DNA. From as early as fourth grade, the now 18-year-old sisters remember the joy they felt solving math problems in class. READ MORE

Students highlight repertoire of STEM skills at Boston conference

By Carolyn Romano |
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Tiger Woods Foundation's first Boston STEM conference at Northeastern University. Working primarily on the foundation's fundraising events, I do not have as many opportunities to take part in these types of programming events. So when opportunities like this arise, I always offer to volunteer, as I truly enjoy spending an afternoon helping to empower our youth. READ MORE
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Military roots run deep at Quicken Loans National

By Emily Lemmon |
The Quicken Loans National is a celebration of the DC region and our country. Since the inaugural Quicken Loans National in 2007, the tournament has recognized our military for all of their service, domestic and abroad each year. Look back at four of the ways the National recognizes our troops. READ MORE

Jason Mraz set to headline 18th annual Tiger Jam

By Michelle Bemis |
The Tiger Woods Foundation is excited to announce that singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will perform at the 18th annual Tiger Jam private concert on Saturday, April 30. The two-day charity event hosted by Tiger Woods returns to Las Vegas for a star-studded weekend of world-class golf, high-stakes poker and exclusive VIP experiences benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation's college-access programs. READ MORE

A strong partnership: Savanna School District & TWLC

By Dr. Sue Johnson, Superintendent of Savanna School District |
The Tiger Woods Learning Center has such a positive impact on the youth it serves. Not only are students exposed to content they might not ordinarily encounter (for example, forensic science, robotics, aerospace and engineering), they learn these subjects in an interactive, hands-on environment from highly skilled and credentialed staff committed to the success of every child. READ MORE

Happy Pi Day!

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |

It's Pi Day. You know, 3.14 or Π, an enigma in mathematical circles. A mathematical constant that has no end, seemingly thumbing its nose to definition. Pi gets a lot of fun attention around the world; in fact, there was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence last year where the date and time approximated to 10 digits -- Pi Day of the century -- drawing attention from both classroom teachers to the scientists at NASA. While this year may not be quite as exciting, here are a few fun facts about pi:

1.   Chao Lu holds the world record for remembering the value of pi up to 67,890 digits
2.   Pi has been the star of TV and film, including: "Star Trek," "The Net" and "Pi: Faith in Chaos."
3.   The value of pi has been determined to more than one trillion digits
4.   Famous birthdays on pi day include: Billy Crystal, Quincy Jones and Albert Einstein 
5.   Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) was so furiously calculating pi that he missed the Roman soldiers taking over the Greek city of Syracuse. When the soldiers approached him, he yelled, "Do not touch my circles!" The Roman soldier cut off his head and went on his business.

But mostly pi is significant because of its connection to cycles and all things circular. Consider that the average sinuosity of a river -- the distance of its bends and turns divided from its source to the ocean, is 3.14. Pi is used for TV and radio to optimize signals sent to one's home. Egyptians used pi to construct the pyramids. Pi is used by structural engineers who need to design buildings able to withstand earthquakes. Pi is also involved in the creation of a rainbow. Even the distance one hits a golf ball can be analyzed with pi as the shoulder turn creates a circular pattern that, when scrutinized, can help the golfer improve distance and score! 

So, welcome Pi Day! Your history and impact on our world is honored today. For me, I'll take a slice of berry pie -- to go. 

Champions of the unexpected for 20 years.

How the TWLC uses technology to bring learning to life

By Eric Moore |
It's no surprise that the proliferation and dependence on technology in its various forms is growing exponentially. Technology is changing the way we work, the way we interact, the way we digest information and the way we make sense of the world around us. Technology is also changing the way in which we educate young people READ MORE

Tiger's Poker Night presented by World Poker Tour® to kick off Tiger Jam

By Michelle Bemis |
Golf. Play. Party. Repeat. Tiger Jam 2016 kicks off Friday, April 29, with Tiger's Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour® (WPT®), an exclusive charity poker tournament hosted by Tiger Woods. WPT and the Tiger Woods Foundation return to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a night of philanthropy and fun. READ MORE

Four keys to college success

By Denisse Jover |
In many traditional educational settings, students are taught what to think. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we create unique opportunities for students to jump-start their own thinking process and help them make their own decisions in the future. READ MORE
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The original National Day

By Emily Lemmon |
March 7 will forever be a significant day in Quicken Loans National history. In front of assembled media, special guests and adoring young fans, Tiger Woods announced the formation of DC's PGA TOUR event on March 7, 2007. With the 10th Quicken Loans National less than four months away, we are counting down the top 10 moments in tournament history. READ MORE

Tiger Jam in full swing at Shadow Creek

By Michelle Bemis |
(Photo: Al Powers Photography)
Golf. Play. Party. Repeat. Tiger Jam 2016 is back in full swing at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, April 29-30. Highlights of this must-attend VIP weekend, hosted by 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, include a celebrity poker tournament, private concert and a luxe post-party that pulls out all the stops. READ MORE

Students think outside the box through Project Based Learning

By Michelle Leon |
Here at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, we've developed an extraordinary curriculum that challenges students to think outside the box through the use of Project Based Learning (PBL), a curricular model driven by carefully selected projects. PBL is designed not only to help students become masters in the content area, but also to help students develop 21st-century skills including peer discussion, collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills. Essentially, it's 21st-century learning. READ MORE

Join us to celebrate 20 years of breakthrough transformations

By Marci Gentzkow |
(Photo: Roey Yohai Photography)
For 20 years, the Tiger Woods Foundation has equipped students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations. To help mark this momentous anniversary, the man behind the vision, Tiger Woods, will host an unforgettable evening at the iconic New York Public Library. READ MORE

Why STEM?

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |
We often refer to the Tiger Woods Learning Center as STEM City. While STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a widely discussed subject now, the national education community was just starting to recognize its importance at the time the learning center launched. So, how did we get here? Why did we decide to base our curricula in STEM more than a decade ago? READ MORE
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#DeclareYourDay at the 2016 Quicken Loans National

By Noah Sharfman |
It's time to declare your own national holiday and start planning the perfect summer getaway at the 2016 Quicken Loans National. This summer, the National returns to Congressional Country Club as the tournament celebrates its 10th anniversary. READ MORE

Meet Edgar Perez: An unexpected champion

By Bob Buttitta |
If you give a rose bush just basic soil, sun and water, it will grow. But if you put that same bush in potting soil, give it extra nutrients and prune it here and there, it will produce brilliant colorful flowers that will amaze and astonish. Tiger Woods Learning Center graduate Edgar Perez is like that rose bush. READ MORE

Anaheim has a new happiest place on Earth

By Elise Leepin |
Foundation board member Sandy Barry's involvement with the Tiger Woods Learning Center began during her time as superintendent of the Anaheim School District. She worked closely with learning center staff during curriculum development to ensure it would meet the particular needs of local students. She watched as the facility was erected, excited about the opportunities it would bring to Anaheim youth. And she watched as the caring staff and engaging curriculum began changing the lives of her students. READ MORE

A journey of big dreams sparked by visits to the learning center

By Elise Leepin |
As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, we reflect on the powerful stories of lives changed as a direct result of this incredible place. Jose Valdez's story is one of overcoming adversity and discovering hope. READ MORE

How I became a part of something special

By Ian Esmilla |
Ten years ago I was a student at Cal State Fullerton trying to finish up my final credits, so I could graduate with my degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in youth sports. I was also an AmeriCorps volunteer and had to intern with a local business as a requirement for the class. Not knowing that I was about to be a part of something that would change my life, I was assigned as a physical education specialist at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. READ MORE

A plan for growth in the next five years

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |
There's a question consistently pondered within educational circles: What's the best way to gauge the success of specific programs and approaches to learning? Grades may give the individual student a sense of how well they are learning course material, and standardized tests have long been valued as a way to measure both individual progress and organizational success. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we have been honored to serve thousands of young people through our programs since inception in 1996. Pre- and post-tests continue to show that students are benefiting from our approach to learning. Naturally, the next question for us is, "Where do we go from here?" READ MORE

Volunteers find love at the Deutsche Bank Championship

By Noah Sharfman |
Colin Young has been a volunteer at the Deutsche Bank Championship for over a decade. He started as a marshal on the 18th hole, and for the past five years has been the hole captain at the fifth hole. Year after year over Labor Day weekend, the Deutsche Bank Championship celebrates the best of New England at TPC Boston. But for Colin and his wife Deb, the 2011 tournament was unlike any other. READ MORE

Learning Center Day One: My proudest moment

By Dr. Katherine Bihr |
One of my proudest moments was the day the Tiger Woods Learning Center opened its doors. It was the culmination of nearly 18 months of research, planning and training -- and frankly, I was a nervous wreck. READ MORE

Tiger's Learning Center turns 10

By Tiger Woods |
This is just the beginning. I meant those words when I said them 10 years ago at the opening of the learning center in Anaheim, California. Since then, we've reached 150,000 kids locally and expanded our unique educational approach to Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. READ MORE

My top three memories of the Tiger Woods Foundation staff retreat

By Patrick Dean Hodgson |
How many of you have ever felt indifferent or cringed when upper management announces the annual staff retreat? If you're like me, then you know this type of employee engagement can be hit or miss. A faction of the organization may find themselves feeling forced into meaningless conversations and rah-rah speeches, whereas another group could find value in positive team-building exercises. As one of the new faces at the Tiger Woods Foundation, I wondered on which side of the aisle our retreat would land. Within hours my curiosity was satisfied. Our gathering was very memorable and more than a hit event. I'm here to share with you three of my favorite memories from that awe-inspiring week. READ MORE

President Clinton's powerful speech that launched the Learning Center

By Emily Taylor |
On Feb. 10, 2006, we were honored to have the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, join us for the dedication and grand opening of the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California. He toured the facility with Tiger, VP of Programs Dr. Katherine Bihr and local students who were participating in the TWLC's pilot program. READ MORE

Tiger Jam 2016: Golf. Play. Party. Repeat.

By Michelle Bemis |
Join Tiger Woods as he hosts the Tiger Jam benefit concert at MGM Grand Resort & Casino on April 29-30, 2016. The fun never stops during this ultimate Las Vegas weekend, featuring golf at Shadow Creek and Tiger's Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour. READ MORE

Top four traits Earl Woods Scholars all share

By Cristina Fernandez |
It's the start of a new year, which means a new scholarship cycle for the Foundation is set to begin. We've been reflecting on the great attributes our scholars possess, and what we know this new cohort of scholars will bring to the program. READ MORE

3D printing added to TWLC activities

By Ashley Marinez |
Thanks to being awarded with Cognizant's Making the Future grant, the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., and Washington, D.C,, just received its very own Airwolf 3D printer. This specific model has the capability to print its own parts if in need of repair and creates an endless amount of possibilities for our students. Here are the top six reasons why we're celebrating this addition to the TWLC. READ MORE

Earl Woods Scholars Class of 2016 honored at workshop

By Marci Gentzkow |
The annual Winter Workshop has arrived, as Earl Woods Scholars gather for a special end-of-year event from December 21 to 22 to congratulate the senior class and develop important career preparation skills. The two-day workshop brings scholars together from around the country to prepare for the next step in their journey through mock interviews, resume reviews and sessions on internship etiquette and LinkedIn profiles, to name a few. Scholars will also enjoy plenty of laughs and bonding, not to mention a social etiquette lunch! READ MORE

Internships paving the way for scholars

By Elise Leepin |
At the foundation, we believe internships are a crucial step in preparing the businessmen and women of tomorrow for workplace success. That's why each of our Earl Woods Scholars receive real-life work experience through internships related to their interests and future careers. And it's here that they gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen professions. Take a look at a few highlights from 2015. READ MORE

New course develops future urban planners

By Elise Leepin |
To wrap up my series on new classes launched this fall, we head to the Tiger Woods Learning Center campus in Washington, D.C., where instructor Thomas Hailu is prepping students to build for the future. Urban planners assess needs and create plans to help new and existing communities flourish to their highest potential. In the urban planning course, scholars gain an understanding of how planners operate and the role they play in helping communities thrive. READ MORE
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The perfect gift for the golf fan in your life

By Noah Sharfman |
The holidays are just around the corner, and before you know it, the sounds of summer will be upon us. Don't miss your chance to give the golf fan in your life an amazing holiday gift. There's no better summertime getaway than a day at the golf course, and the Quicken Loans National holiday package is sure to excite the most avid golfers and summertime enthusiasts. READ MORE
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A gift fit for a champion

By Noah Sharfman |
As the winter days get shorter, it's never too early to start planning for a long summertime weekend. The Deutsche Bank Championship holiday package is the complete Labor Day weekend getaway. Be at TPC Boston as the top 100 players compete in the second stop of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. With two different holiday packages available, there's something for all New England sports fans. Join the top 100 at TPC Boston, Sept. 1-5, where the best come to play. READ MORE

The latest in fashion design: Wearable electronics

By Elise Leepin |
As technology continues to evolve, innovation and creativity are keys to succeeding in the design and engineering fields. In the new wearable electronics course, launched this fall at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, California, students learn about circuitry and the engineering design process, while also being introduced to the world of fashion. READ MORE

A social experience

By Noah Sharfman |
A week of golf, hospitality and one-of-a-kind experiences made up the first Hero World Challenge held at Albany in the Bahamas. Guests and fans shared their time in paradise on social media, as #heroworldchallenge created Instagram buzz with memorable moments shared for all to see. READ MORE

A new champion crowned

By Noah Sharfman |
When a spot opened up just days before the start of the 2015 Hero World Challenge, Bubba Watson answered the called. While in the Bahamas, Watson did much more, as he finished 25-under to win the 2015 Hero World Challenge. READ MORE

An experience to remember

By Elise Leepin |
The hospitality at the Hero World Challenge is one of the finest. Offering exclusive events and experiences for guests, the past week in The Bahamas was enjoyable both on and off the green. With Pro-Am rounds on the championship course, world-class food and drinks, beach parties, and a special concert, there was something for everyone to enjoy in paradise. READ MORE
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Putting the world in World Challenge

By Noah Sharfman |
The meaning behind a name can often be very telling. For the Hero World Challenge, the importance of a golf tournament's name was nearly 20 years in the making. After 16 years of competition in the United States, the Hero World Challenge went international in 2015. With Albany hosting 18 of the top golfers in the world, the week in the Bahamas is truly an international affair. READ MORE
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Called into action

By Noah Sharfman |
You never know when you might be called into action. That was the case for Ben LeFebvre during the first round of the 2015 Hero World Challenge. A volunteer at the Hero World Challenge, LeFebvre was thrust into the spotlight on the 16th hole. READ MORE
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Pro-Am highlight happens off the course

By Noah Sharfman |
For the avid golfer, there is no better experience than playing in the Hero World Challenge Pro-Am. The opportunity to play with one of the top golfers in the game, the experience is truly amazing. But the experience doesn't end after sinking a putt on the 18th green. The annual Hero World Challenge Pro-Am dinner is a high point of the week in the Bahamas. READ MORE
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Elite tee times come with a pro

By Noah Sharfman |
For the 18 PGA TOUR pros competing at the Hero World Challenge this week, putting in work happens on and off the course. Most of the competitors arrived early in the week and hit the range and practice greens in addition to heading out on the course. On Wednesday, the pros enjoyed a round of stress-free golf as they partnered up with their amateur counterparts for the Hero World Challenge Pro-Am. READ MORE

Future computer scientists code with Javascript

By Elise Leepin |
The curriculum at the Tiger Woods Learning Center is anything but ordinary. Students encounter real-world situations and are challenged to find creative solutions. Over the next few weeks, I'll be highlighting three new courses that launched this fall at learning center campuses across the country. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on the computer science course at the Anaheim center and watch students learn to code in Javascript. Pretty cool, right? Here's what I discovered. READ MORE
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A new test for the world's best

By Elise Leepin |
Sun, sand and sea encompass Albany, the beautiful 7,400-yard golf course nestled on the island of New Providence, Bahamas. There's no question as to why this is the ultimate golf destination for the professionals. After all, this is a picture of paradise. READ MORE
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Be a part of history

By Elise Leepin |
Picture this: You are at the 2015 Hero World Challenge at Albany, the Bahamas, experiencing an inside-the-ropes and behind-the-scenes perspective of what goes into and happens at a PGA TOUR event with the world's top golfers. Sounds like quite the opportunity, right? READ MORE
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Get to know the reigning Hero World Challenge champion

By Elise Leepin |
Since 2003, only four players have finished a PGA TOUR season with five or more wins. Jordan Spieth is among those in this elite group. The 22-year-old phenom accomplished this feat during the 2014-15 season, one for the ages, with five overall wins. His accolades included two major championships, the FedExCup title and a sweep of the most coveted awards in golf. The top-ranked golfer now has his sights set on defending his title at the tournament where all of his momentum started nearly a year ago, the Hero World Challenge. READ MORE

A Veterans Day thank you from Tiger

By Tiger Woods |
I think of my dad every day. He was my role model and mentor. But on Veterans Day, I remember him as a hero. He served his country bravely as a Green Beret, completing two tours of duty in Vietnam. Today, I want to thank and honor my dad and the millions of veterans who have sacrificed for their country. READ MORE
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Four reasons why the Hero World Challenge field will make you excited

By Elise Leepin |
Since 1999, the Hero World Challenge has carried a reputation for bringing together the finest golfers in the world for intense competition. This year's tournament features a pool of talent from five different countries that have combined for 91 victories on the PGA TOUR. It's a field that certainly will make you more excited after reading this post, and one that already has its tournament host displaying that sentiment. READ MORE

Celebrating first-time author Jenny Nguyen

By Elise Leepin |
Nov. 1 is National Author's Day, and at the Tiger Woods Foundation, talented writers have come through our doors and developed their gift of expression. In honor of this special day, meet a talented Tiger Woods Foundation scholar and first-time author, Jenny Nguyen. READ MORE
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The new home of the Hero World Challenge

By Tavistock Group |
This December, the Hero World Challenge will make its new home at Albany in The Bahamas. The luxury resort community, set on 600 oceanside acres on the island of New Providence, is the collective vision of its founders -- Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group, and Tiger Woods. Albany is proud to be home to the Hero World Challenge, jointly hosted by these two friends. READ MORE

Welcome to the process

By Elise Leepin |
The transition from high school to college should be an exciting experience; however, proper preparation for this pivotal change is often overlooked. Underserved students and their families lack information regarding the college application and financial aid process and have limited college graduate role models or mentors. The Tiger Woods Foundation recognized this need and responded by engaging local educators in a private college symposium. READ MORE

The history of the Hero World Challenge

By Elise Leepin |
The Hero World Challenge has a rich history of incredible champions, stunning scenery and philanthropy. The 17th annual Hero World Challenge will take place at Albany in the Bahamas with 18 of the world's best golfers playing 72 holes, Dec. 3-6. Albany is a luxury resort community in The Bahamas owned by Tavistock Group, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. The World Challenge is hosted by five-time champion Tiger and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and the Albany Scholars Program. READ MORE

Learning in the Sunshine State

By Elise Leepin |
Picture this. Two hundred and fifty students, parents and teachers gathered together on the beautiful campus of Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida, to work hands on with Sphero robots, attend college information workshops, develop math teaching skills and much more. Pretty cool, right? READ MORE

Top five: TWLC alum Misa Truong

By Roman Gonzales |
I recently received a letter from one of our students, Andrew 'Misa' Truong, and he is such a great example of why I love my job that I had to share the top five reasons Andrew is a standout TWLC alum. It's also a good reminder that something as simple as a golf lesson is much deeper for a child than it may seem at the time. READ MORE

Six reasons why I love my new job

By Ashley Marinez |
As the fall semester kicks off, the newest member of the Tiger Woods Learning Center teaching staff in Anaheim, Calif., recaps the best aspects of her exciting new career in STEM education, pointing kids toward college and careers. READ MORE

Fowler wants the Cup!

By Mark Baroth |
Where were you when you witnessed Fowler's victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship? With great competition all weekend long, Championship Monday brought with it a showdown between Rickie Fowler and past DBC champion Henrik Stenson. READ MORE

The Blue Crew celebrated for another successful year

By Mark Baroth |
Deutsche Bank Championship could not operate without the more than 1,500 volunteers who dedicate their time throughout the week. The annual volunteer appreciation party is our way of expressing gratitude to entire Blue Crew. READ MORE
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Good ol' fashion fun!

By Mark Baroth |
Sunday's Moving Day brought with it another perfect day for golf. With a cool crisp New England morning, followed by temperatures in the low 80s throughout the day, fans once again showed their championship pride for the Deutsche Bank Championship. READ MORE

Happy National College Colors Day!

By Nicole Blackman |
In honor of National College Colors Day, we're highlighting three of our newest Earl Woods scholars. National College Colors Day inspires students, alumni, fans and more to show their school spirit by wearing their college's chosen colors and apparel on the first Friday of the college school year. READ MORE
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Sports personalities meet the pros at the Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am

By Mark Baroth |
The Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am took place today. Special guests included Sean McDonough of ESPN, and fan favorite Chris Berman of ESPN's Monday Night Football. READ MORE
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PGA TOUR stars pack bags for military

By Nicole Blackman |
As a part of its ongoing #BeyondVeteransDay campaign, Tempur-Pedic hosted the Tempur-Pedic Military Care Package event in Kids Village, where care packages were created and stuffed for troops overseas. READ MORE
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Pro-am pairings announced for Deutsche Bank Championship

By Mark Baroth |
Starting at noon, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Phil Michelson and Rory McIlroy tee off the afternoon wave of the official Championship Pro-Am! Catch all of the pro-am action tomorrow! Bubba gets the day started at 6:50 a.m. Tickets available here! READ MORE
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Businesswomen shared advice, stories and insight at Executive Women's Day

By Nicole Blackman |
Keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Karyn Polito and others recounted their personal experiences and lessons they have learned to more than 80 New England businesswomen at Executive Women's Day, sponsored by Astellas. READ MORE
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Legends and friends

By Mark Baroth |
As the Deutsche Bank Championship rolled into town, the annual Legends & Friends Pro-Am took place Monday morning. Legendary Boston sports figures were invited to participate, and this year's field included Troy Brown, Jim Lonborg, Bob Montgomery, Rico Petrocelli, Tim Wakefield, Jerry York and Matt Chatham. READ MORE
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Final Deutsche Bank Championship field is set!

By Patrick Dean Hodgson |
TPC Boston, get ready! The final field for the Deutsche Bank Championship is now set. Fresh off his dominant win at The Barclays, the red-hot Jason Day will look to continue his momentum against Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and 97 of the PGA TOUR's best. READ MORE
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Deutsche Bank Championship Player Spotlight: Dustin Johnson

By Mark Baroth |
We are down to the final two Deutsche Bank Championship Player Spotlights. Today, we'll take a look at Dustin Johnson, a man that has often drawn comparisons to the pre-major championships' version of Phil Mickelson. READ MORE
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Deutsche Bank Championship Player Spotlight: Bubba Watson

By Mark Baroth |
It may be the weekend, but our Deutsche Bank Championship Player Spotlight is back with another PGA TOUR champion. Today, we focus on a man known for his love of hovercraft golf carts: Bubba Watson. READ MORE
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Deutsche Bank Championship Player Spotlight: Rory McIlroy

By Mark Baroth |
Today's spotlight features the man who occupied the No.1 world ranking until a few weeks ago: Rory McIlroy. Rory is ready to put his injury in the rear view and has his sights on regaining golf's top ranking. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Kirk captains his way to victory with 36 bogey-free holes

By Mark Baroth |
The 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship was one for the ages. After a rough first round of play, Chris Kirk seemed to find his groove and played phenomenal the rest of the weekend. Shooting 66, 64 and 66 in his last three rounds, Kirk ended bogey free for his final 36 holes of golf. The victory marked Kirk's third PGA TOUR title. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Tiger outduels Vijay in an instant classic

By Mark Baroth |
As another week passes, we inch closer to Labor Day weekend, which means only one thing for the usually quiet town of Norton, Mass. The Deutsche Bank Championship will be returning to town, bringing with it all of the action and entertainment of professional golf. READ MORE

Earl Woods scholar honored with Freemasonry induction

By Patrick Dean Hodgson |
It's not every day that a 20-year-old college student can say that he accomplished similar achievements at the same age as the first president of the United States. Enter Earl Woods Scholar James 'Jimmy' Green. Green, a talented junior studying criminology at George Mason University, was recently inducted into Freemasonry at the lodge where George Washington also received the prestigious honor. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Lefty holds off late surge by Tiger

By Mark Baroth |
2007 marked a new milestone for the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was the first year that the championship was included as part of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs. The DBC is the second of four playoff events and routinely draws large crowds of spectators to partake in the Labor Day festivities. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Stricker takes Wedgwood Trophy and No. 2 Official World Golf Ranking

By Mark Baroth |
For another year, tens of thousands of spectators filed into Norton, Mass., to witness the top 100 PGA TOUR players compete in the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs. As always, the championship brought with it the thrill of professional golf. READ MORE
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More fun than you can shake a club at!

By Mark Baroth |
The PGA TOUR's pros won't be the only ones who utilize their short game at the Deutsche Bank Championship. All weekend long, test your skills at one of the many featured golf challenges open to the public. Here is a comprehensive list of golf activities spectators are encouraged to participate in. READ MORE

Innovative academy equips military kids with important STEM skills

By Patrick Dean Hodgson |
One-hundred and thirty-five excited, smiling middle school-aged children partook in a summer camp experience like no other. What was inherently different about the Summer Academy was that these campers came from military installations all around the world. The bright-minded kids quickly bonded and engaged in hands-on STEM learning at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif. READ MORE
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Fun things kids can do at the Deutsche Bank Championship

By Mark Baroth |
As the summer comes to an end and kids begin preparing for the upcoming school year, the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day Weekend serves as the perfect family outing and a great way to spend the last days of summer. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Singh repeats success of four years ago at TPC

By Mark Baroth |
As the weather heats up for another New England summer, residents look forward to warmer weather, weekends at the Cape and the Deutsche Bank Championship. While the championship isn't until Labor Day weekend, the anticipation is certainly mounting. READ MORE
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DBC Rewind: Field no match for Hoffman's 11 birdies in final round

By Mark Baroth |
After another long New England summer, the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship, along with the top 100 PGA TOUR players, rolled into Norton, Massachusetts, over Labor Day weekend. This would be the fourth season that the championship was included in the FedExCup Playoffs action, and it lived up to the expected hype. READ MORE
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Make your voice heard by voting in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge

By Mark Baroth |
Since its inception in 2003, the Deutsche Bank Championship has proudly supported the PGA TOUR's legacy of charitable giving, with more than $26 million raised for the Tiger Woods Foundation and New England-area charities. Volunteers are an integral part of this success, helping the Deutsche Bank Championship make a tremendous difference in the community. READ MORE
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Enjoy all that is new at the DBC

By Mark Baroth |
Watch the top 100 PGA TOUR players compete. If you want to see the entire field, pick one spot to watch from and get there early. Places like the first tee and 18th green are popular spots to see every group come through. There are bleachers throughout the course, including on holes 1, 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18. READ MORE

Meet Bryce, the 2015 Quicken Loans National Volunteer Challenge winner

By Nicole Blackman |
With his tireless work ethic, Bryce Corbett won $10,000 for the Tiger Woods Foundation. READ MORE
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