Donor Spotlight: Jonathan Orszag

By Reshma Melwani |
A longtime supporter of the foundation, economist Jonathan Orszag officially joined the board of directors of the Tiger Woods Foundation in 2012. Currently, Orszag serves as the senior managing director and member of the Executive Committee of Compass Lexecon, LLC, an economic consulting firm he co-founded. Early in Orszag's career, he served as an economic policy advisor on President Bill Clinton's National Economic Council. Within the private sector, he has handled a number of high-profile mergers, including Orbitz/Expedia, Office Max/Office Depot and Delta/Northwest. READ MORE

Tiger to appear on 'Charlie Rose' and 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' to talk TWF's 20th anniversary

By Emily Taylor |
In addition to celebrating 20 years of the Tiger Woods Foundation at The New York Public Library on Oct. 20, Tiger will be talking about his charity work with a few famous faces. READ MORE

Our team: Meet Dave Klewan

By Dave Klewan |
By the time you'll read this, we will be close to 100 days from Round 1 of the 2017 Genesis Open. While our event only takes place over the span of a week, it takes a full year to plan and execute a PGA TOUR event. With that said, the planning behind the 2017 Genesis Open has definitely been an exception to the norm. READ MORE

Tiger's inspirational speech to staff about the next chapter

By Tiger Woods |
On Sept. 9, 2016, Tiger assembled his entire staff at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, California, for a first-ever Townhall. The purpose was clear: to bring everyone together to hear from him directly about TGR and its future. In addition to Tiger's keynote speech, staff participated in a Q&A, workshops and a cocktail reception. Below is what Tiger shared with the TGR staff. READ MORE

A sign of respect

By Noah Sharfman |
Combining the contemporary elegance of the Genesis brand with the rich history of PGA TOUR golf at The Riviera Country Club, the Genesis Open unveiled its full logo set. READ MORE

Scholar Voices: Fighting to end campus racism

By Felix Lee |
Earl Woods Scholar and Boston College sophomore Felix Lee writes in to our college voices series this month offering a very real glimpse at the current racial tensions affecting students of color on many college campuses across the U.S. Lee chronicles his own experience partaking in "Blackout," a peaceful protest at Boston College and explains how his involvement with the movement has shaped him for the better and awakened his desire to continue the fight for social justice. READ MORE

The sixth annual Tiger Woods Invitational is sold out!

By Matt Cusick |
(Photo: Joann Dost)
The most exclusive golf getaway of 2016, the Tiger Woods Invitational presented by USLI, has sold out for the sixth consecutive year. The private amateur golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods takes place Oct. 10-12 in Monterey, California. All proceeds from the event will equip students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations. A VIP wait list to participate in the 2017 Tiger Woods Invitational is now open. READ MORE

In memory of Marcus

By Tiger Woods |
The recent passing of our former student, Marcus Edwards, has hit all of us hard at the foundation. As we continue to grapple with his sudden and tragic death, Tiger has shared words of encouragement with his staff. And in turn, we share them with you -- all of our supporters and fellow advocates who stand with us to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and succeed in life. READ MORE

Flashback: Earl Woods publishes 'Start Something'

By Marci Gentzkow |
"It's so easy to get caught up in daily problems: Your parents are mad at you, your best friend made plans that didn't include you, that math test was impossible, you didn't make the team. Yet believe it or not, in the middle of all that stress and trouble, there are wonderful things happening all around you, if you take the time to notice." And so goes the first chapter of Start Something, a book written by Tiger's dad Earl to challenge kids to make themselves and the world a better place. READ MORE

Get on the list

By Noah Sharfman |
The Genesis Open is the place to be. Guests don't just purchase a seat to the Genesis Open, they receive an all-access invitation to an elevated and exclusive experience. How do you get that invitation first? Join the Genesis Open Insiders List. READ MORE

Flashback: Tiger's TWLC hard hat tour

By Marci Gentzkow |
Flashback to October 1, 2005, when the Tiger Woods Learning Center was a shell of its future glory. Encompassed by dirt and plaster, no one could have truly imagined the incredible opportunity for change housed within its walls. No one could have accurately predicted the impact this innovative space would have on minority, impoverished and first-generation college hopefuls (nearly 150,000 students served and 35,000 hours of STEM curriculum to date!). READ MORE

Genesis Open hires general manager

By Noah Sharfman |
The Tiger Woods Foundation has hired Dave Klewan as the general manager of the Genesis Open. The hiring bolsters the foundation's team supporting its inaugural year of operating the Genesis Open. READ MORE

TWF's All-Star VPs

By Reshma Melwani |
Providing exceptional work requires working with exceptional people. Here at the Tiger Woods Foundation, we are fortunate to have a team of stellar VPs who have made it their personal and professional mission to help students reach their full potential. Whether they execute our many events and fundraisers, cultivate relationships with donors and sponsors, oversee our business development or develop and implement new curriculum, our VPs are opening doors for thousands of students. Get to know these leaders and learn why they love doing what they do! READ MORE

Meet Bill Borges: Champion of the unexpected

By Reshma Melwani |
Where Bill Borges has come from and where he is today are two very different places. His story is one of sheer perseverance. The son of California natives, Borges grew up in a working class neighborhood in Anaheim, California. His parents, neither of whom completed high school, both worked hard at local grocery stores to provide for the family. The eldest of three siblings and a self-proclaimed "egghead," Borges realized very early on that education was his ticket out of his circumstances. And as a mentor to the Tiger Woods Foundation's Earl Woods Scholars, he's been passionate about taking what he's learned over the last 67 years and passing it on to his mentees so that they too can reach for more. READ MORE

What TWF's 20th anniversary celebration means to me: Kathy's journey

By Kathy Bihr |
This summer marked my 12-year anniversary with the Tiger Woods Foundation, and as I reflect on how we've grown and where we're going, I am not only flooded with so many good memories, but I'm brimming with excitement about our future. As I think about the impact of our 20-year history, I am drawn to a few key moments that have not only shaped my experience but made countless lives richer. READ MORE

What's on the menu for our 'Celebration of Unexpected Champions'

By Gina Ekmekjian |
As 2016 draws to a close and TWF begins the next chapter of its journey, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the past and forging forward into new and enterprising territory. It takes a good party to tie this story together, and what better place to do it than The New York Public Library? Which brings us to an essential element of this anniversary evening: the food! The heart and soul of any noteworthy celebration revolves around breaking bread, and we can't wait to enjoy this spirited menu with those who have contributed to the foundation's past and future success.

Back to school: Celebrating our teachers

By Reshma Melwani |
School is back in session and with a new academic year ahead of us, what better time to showcase our dedicated team of educators. Hailing from the Tiger Woods Learning Centers in both Anaheim, California, and Washington, D.C., our learning facilitators use innovative STEM curriculum to offer their students a unique learning experience every time they enter the classroom. They not only embody the spirit of our hands-on, inquiry-based programs, but they bring the programs to life. Meet our remarkable teachers and learn more about what fuels their passion for educating. READ MORE

New Boston scholars are transforming adversity into encouragement

By Leticia Calvillo, Earl Woods Scholar |
After the Deutsche Bank Championship took place at TPC Boston last week, we would like to introduce you to our Class of 2020 Boston scholars. This year, five of our 20 new Earl Woods Scholars hail from the Boston area. Below is a deeper look into the inspiring stories that have made these participants resilient to adversity, while also developing in them a genuine desire to help others. READ MORE

Importance of the right people

By Mehrab Sarwar |
I owe a lot to the Tiger Woods Foundation. I work as a program coordinator for the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, and recently relocated to Washington, D.C., as we expand our reach. I'm not just thankful to them for my job, but for also introducing me to so many people that would end up being an instrumental force in creating positive and meaningful growth in my life. READ MORE

Rory McIlroy wins 2016 Championship

By Noah Sharfman |
On Monday, Sept. 5, Rory McIlroy claimed the title of best of New England and lifted the Wedgwood Trophy for the second time, having also won in 2012. McIlroy finished with a final round 65 to finish 15-under for the tournament READ MORE

Volunteer Challenge winner announced

By Noah Sharfman |
The Tiger Woods Foundation was honored to receive a $10,000 donation at the PGA TOUR's prestigious Deutsche Bank Championship as a result of the tournament's PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a friendly, charity-focused contest in which tournament volunteers compete to collect the largest number of votes from supporters. READ MORE
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Golf gives back with backpack challenge

By Aaron Goldberg |
The PGA TOUR Wives Association helped to kick off the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship on Thursday morning with the Golf Gives BackPACK CHALLENGE in a charity event to benefit the Norton Public Schools. Two teams competed in a race to pack 300 backpacks with school supplies, which will be donated to local children. The PGA TOUR Wives Association took on pros Roberto Castro, David Lingmerth and Kevin Streelman, and a few New England-area Earl Woods Scholars. READ MORE

Scholar Voices: A guiding light for Boston's students

By Vladimir Casseus |
Our Scholar Voices series continues with a post from our Earl Woods Scholarship Program's first Boston scholar and alum Vladimir Casseus. With his newly minted Master's degree from the school psychology program at Tufts University, Casseus reflects on the role education played in his life and how his successes were bolstered by an extensive support system made up of family members, educators, mentors and the Tiger Woods Foundation. As he embarks on his new journey as a school psychologist within Boston Public Schools, he highlights the necessity for every child to have a team guiding them through the education process and the ups and downs of life. READ MORE
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The perfect pairing

By Aaron Goldberg |
For fans and athletes alike, sports often represent more than just a game. It's not always about winning or losing, playing well or poorly, achieving success or failure. Sports can act as an escape and a symbol for something much greater. Growing up, many people use sports as an escape from the responsibilities of daily life. Fans enjoy sports as a way to relieve stress and forget about their real-world challenges for even just a couple of hours. Above all else, sports can ultimately serve as a platform to bring people together from various backgrounds and interests. READ MORE

What TWF's 20th anniversary celebration means to me

By Rick Singer |
I love big celebrations. No matter the reason, they are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, reflecting on great things that have happened in our lives. And we have a special one coming up. On Oct. 20 at The New York Public Library, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tiger Woods Foundation. It's going to be quite the party. We have 400 guests attending to help Tiger and our team celebrate 20 years of critically important work helping underserved kids seek a better future. READ MORE
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The top 100 head to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship

By Aaron Goldberg |
The best in golf meets the best weekend as the top 100 players on TOUR head to TPC Boston for the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship. Celebrate the best of New England this Labor Day weekend. READ MORE
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Where to find the best food on-course

By Aaron Goldberg |
The Deutsche Bank Championship brings together the best golf, the best weekend and the best food this region has to offer in a summer-ending celebration. The championship provides fans with their favorite Labor Day weekend menu BBQ items with a New England flare. Make sure to get a taste of all the great food available at the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship! READ MORE
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The top 10 attractions on-course

By Aaron Goldberg |
The Deutsche Bank Championship is a Labor Day destination in New England, not only because the tournament hosts the top golfers in the world, but also due to its wide range of activities for fans around the course. The championship creates a fun, can't-miss atmosphere and includes something for all ages, making sure even non-golfers can partake in the festivities. Enhance your Labor Day weekend with these open-to-the-public destinations! READ MORE

Donor Spotlight: Josie Liu

By Josie Liu |
Starting as a team member for a State Farm agent in 1999, Josie Liu climbed to the top to become an agency field leader for State Farm Insurance. With great success, she leads an agency sales team of 40 independent contractor agents and their respective teams as they meet customer needs and increase market growth and penetration of State Farm products in Orange County East, California. As a way of giving back to the community, State Farm has been a generous supporter of Tiger Woods Foundation's STEM Studio professional development teacher training program. In her own words, Liu reveals why she firmly believes in being generous and serving others. READ MORE
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New England: A championship tradition

By Aaron Goldberg |
Eight major professional sports titles since 2003 make New England one of the most successful sports regions in the entire country. For the 13 years that the Deutsche Bank Championship has been contested over Labor Day weekend, the tournament has added to the prestigious sports roots that thrive in New England. READ MORE

Interning in India: My summer with the Akshaya Patra Foundation

By Alicia Frausto |
This past year Claremont McKenna College rising senior and Earl Woods Scholar Alicia Frausto had the unique experience of living and learning in four different countries. While each locale shaped Frausto in many different ways, today she shares details about her summer internship in Bangalore, India. The months she spent as a communications intern at the Akshaya Patra Foundation not only broadened her skill set, but gave Frausto personal confirmation to continue to follow through with her passion of studying international education reform. READ MORE

Welcome to the Genesis Open

By Noah Sharfman |
Experience the next chapter in PGA TOUR golf at The Riviera Country Club. Welcome to the Genesis Open. READ MORE

DECISIVE ANALYTICS welcomes a new class of Big Data Analytics interns

By Laura Turpin and Mary Clark |
Along with financial assistance, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program assists college students in securing internships in their career-related fields. Today we hear from DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC), which has been a dedicated internship provider to our scholars looking to focus in software engineering work. Through their hands-on internship program, DECISIVE ANALYTICS offers students the opportunity to execute projects from top to bottom, giving them a wide range of exposure to all aspects of the industry. To date, DAC boasts five full-time employee-owners who began as interns, highlighting the value and importance of internships. READ MORE

Top five reasons to volunteer at the Genesis Open

By Julia Schmitt |
Have you thought about serving your community? Do you want to give back? Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Volunteer at the Genesis Open, Feb. 13-19, 2017! READ MORE
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Calling all kids

By Aaron Goldberg |
Labor Day weekend at the Deutsche Bank Championship is the perfect family outing and a great way to spend time together enjoying the very best of New England. Through various youth friendly programs, the Championship provides kids and their families with the opportunity to create countless memories, while watching the top 100 golfers on the PGA TOUR. READ MORE

Tiger Woods Learning Center fall program preview

By Gyla Bell, Eric Moore and Nick Novak |
Tiger Woods Learning Centers (TWLC) across the nation are gearing up for their fall programming to begin. Students will participate in hands-on learning experiences that provide them with the skills and tools needed to pursue a potential career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Here is a glimpse of what our sites are offering this fall. READ MORE
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Get close to the action with Bose

By Noah Sharfman |
For fans on-site at the Deutsche Bank Championship, get closer to the action thanks to Bose®. Each day, one winner and a guest will have the chance to win two pairs of Bose® QuietComfort® 35 wireless headphones and two Greenside at 17 seats. To get closer, tweet a photo from your personal Twitter account with the hashtag #BestofNE before 1 p.m. A winner will be selected to get closer and experience the best of New England courtesy of Bose. READ MORE

The New York Public Library: A beacon of learning plays host to TWF's 20-year celebration

By Monique Anderson |
(Photo: Christian Oth Studios)
Throughout its 100-year history, The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been a beacon of learning and education for all -- a sentiment shared by the Tiger Woods Foundation. It's fitting that this national historic landmark is home to our 20th anniversary event, "A Celebration of Unexpected Champions." On Oct. 20, Tiger Woods, along with distinguished guests and friends of the Tiger Woods Foundation, will come together at the iconic library to not only celebrate our supporters and scholars, but to share our plans to reach millions of children in the coming years. READ MORE

A National volunteer experience

By Emily Womack |
'Volunteers are the backbone of this operation' is a quote heard often in preparation and execution of the Quicken Loans National within the Tiger Woods Foundation staff. A PGA TOUR tournament needs thousands of volunteers to make an event successful. Every single volunteer plays an integral part as they participate in all facets of the tournament. Player transportation, on-course hospitality, caddie services, scoring and the media center, you name it and volunteers handle it. Whether you love golf, community service or the National's tie to the military, there are so many reasons more than 1,000 people love to volunteer annually. READ MORE

Meet Grace Lee: An unexpected champion

By Reshma Melwani |
Yeon Jin Lee was given the name Grace by her English tutor in Seoul, South Korea. Not only did the name stick, but without a doubt, it's defining. Showing tremendous grace under pressure is something Lee has grown accustomed to for the past 15 years, as she's lived and studied in the United States in a constant state of financial and residential uncertainty. READ MORE

Living and learning in Beijing

By Joanna Cheung |
Earl Woods Scholar Joanna Cheung spent the summer in China, not only exploring the land but participating in a six-week internship with tech startup Beijing Lehome Information and Technology. From her cultural excursions with her fellow cohort of Scholars, to her time spent learning within Beijing's technology industry, Cheung shares the new and memorable experiences that she will surely take with her for years to come. READ MORE

The mentorship movement: Anaheim's AIME brings opportunity to students and business

By Mayor Tom Tait |
It is hard to find a more inspiring mentor than Earl Woods. A decorated Army veteran, Woods played a pivotal role in the groundbreaking golf career of his son, Tiger Woods, by passing along his love of the game and mentoring his son into the greatest golfer of his era. So when city, education and business leaders in Anaheim set out to create a student mentoring program in 2014, we didn't have to go far for inspiration. READ MORE

Nike co-founder Phil Knight joins anniversary celebration lineup

By Reshma Melwani |
The Tiger Woods Foundation's 20th anniversary party, "A Celebration of Unexpected Champions," promises to be a night highlighting trailblazers and icons. To add to our growing list of luminaries, the Tiger Woods Foundation is pleased to announce that NIKE, Inc. co-founder and visionary Phil Knight will be a featured guest at the Oct. 20 celebration at the famed New York Public Library in New York City. Knight will join event host Tiger Woods and fellow guest, broadcast journalist Charlie Rose, on stage for an intimate conversation focusing on philanthropy. READ MORE

Vote now for TWF at SXSWedu®

By Katherine Bihr, Ed. D. |
For 20 years, we've been equipping students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations. Now we have the opportunity to share our vision on one of education's largest platforms: SXSWedu®. The Tiger Woods Foundation has submitted six presentation ideas for a four-day conference in Austin, Texas, for educators and education innovators. READ MORE

My surprising internship at the Tiger Woods Foundation

By Gabrielle Ivie |
The French translation of the timeless quote attributed to Julius Caesar, "I came, I saw, I conquered," was boldly displayed in sparkly gold and silver letters on my graduation cap: "J'ai venu, j'ai vu, j'ai vaincu." For over a decade, I have approached every challenge and obstacle with this mindset, including my internship at the Tiger Woods Foundation. From submitting my resume and the interview process to present day, I have grown immensely as a professional and as an individual thanks to the unlimited opportunities I was afforded by this organization. READ MORE

The benefits of internships

By Katherine Bihr, Ed. D. |
As the summer months turn to fall, recent college graduates continue to pound the pavement looking for employment. Although the job market seems to be more open than it was a few years ago, there are still challenges to overcome for the young worker. To gain an advantage we strongly recommend our scholars seek internships throughout their college career. In some cases, these experiences have led to offers of full-time employment after graduation. However, the most essential takeaway from an internship, we believe, is the personal confirmation that the path chosen is one where there is interest and passion. READ MORE

How STEM Studio helps teachers approach learning in a new way

By Adam Kelley and Melinda Steele |
Summer is a time when many teachers create and develop lesson plans for the following school year. The Tiger Woods Learning Center provided an opportunity for teachers to approach learning in a new way with STEM Studio. Many of the takeaways from the weeklong event can be summed up by the engineering process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. READ MORE
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Best of New England Bracket Challenge

By Aaron Goldberg and Noah Sharfman |
Defending champion Rickie Fowler kicked off the best of New England campaign at media day by taking aim at six different targets that represented the best elements of of the region, from food to sports. Now it's your turn. READ MORE

Meet the inspirational emcees of our 20th anniversary celebration

By Marci Gentzkow |
Glitz and glamour, red carpet illuminated by camera flashes, luminaries ascending the steps of an iconic institution. The Tiger Woods Foundation's historic anniversary celebration promises to deliver all of these things, as one may expect given the magnitude of the milestone -- 20 years -- the influence of our founder and the splendor of New York City. But as with all things TWF, there is greater purpose behind the pomp. READ MORE

College Bound Academy: Shaping my pathway to college

By Luis Alba |
Being the oldest son in my immediate family is often difficult. Upon my shoulders lays the duty to be an example for my younger brother, but also to be the first in my family to walk the unwalked and unpaved pathway to higher education. The majority of my junior year I often worried about how I was going to complete college applications; fortunately, the College Bound Academy was there for me. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to experience the College Bound Academy and the resources it provided. READ MORE
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The best deal in New England

By Noah Sharfman |
On Monday, Aug. 1, Rickie Fowler made his first trip back to TPC Boston since his victory at the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship. Rickie celebrated his victory taking aim at the best of New England challenge icons. We want the fans of New England to celebrate with Rickie and the PGA TOUR's best in championship style as well. READ MORE

Conquering college admissions: My experience with College Bound Academy

By Isaura Castro |
Concerned, daunted and perplexed; that was the way I felt after my junior year of high school. From an early age, I found myself fascinated by the idea of being able to grow up and become someone of my choice. However, being both an undocumented and first-generation student, it was difficult for me to go through the process on my own. Thankfully, all of these thoughts and emotions had changed just in time for senior year. READ MORE
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The top 100 at the year's final major

By Aaron Goldberg |
One year removed from securing his long-awaited first major victory, Jason Day returns to the PGA Championship at a different course, but looking to accomplish the same feat. The one key difference between 2015 and the present is that Day has finally achieved his goal of becoming the Official World Golf Ranking No. 1 player, a title that he has successfully held for 21 weeks. READ MORE

Meet Dr. Sue Johnson: Champion of the unexpected

By Reshma Melwani |
In another few weeks, students and teachers will be heading back to school to begin another academic year. But for Dr. Sue Johnson, heading back to school is more of a homecoming than a job requirement. Since she was a little girl, the classroom has always been home to Johnson. READ MORE

Meet the unstoppable class of 2020

By Leticia Calvillo |
As the end of summer draws near, the Earl Woods Scholarship Class of 2020 is getting ready to conquer their new goals in college. Although these scholars come from commonly underrepresented backgrounds, they are ready to tackle any obstacle that comes their way. Their unorthodox, unafraid and unstoppable sentiments, to name a few, will be the driving force of their success. Get ready to be inspired by these dogged young adults. READ MORE

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.

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.

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

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


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