TIGER WOODS foundation
report 2008
I’m excited about what we have accomplished
through our Foundation in 2008.
In 2008, we continued to make a positive, lasting impact on many young people through
our Foundation’s programs. I believe that anything is possible and I’m very proud of these
confident, inspired students who have discovered the same is true for their lives.
This year more than 8,000 young people participated in engaging classes at the Tiger
Woods Learning Center, including aerospace rocketry, nutrition and fitness, business
entrepreneurship and forensic science. The TWLC continues to surpass our expectations,
reaching more than 20,000 youth and families since inception. The Foundation has also
worked to bring meaningful programs to young people nationwide. In 2008, our Earl
Woods Scholarship program expanded to include recipients from Washington, D.C. and
Boston while continuing to support the college dreams of local Orange County youth.
Tiger’s Action Plan successfully reached more than 250,000 young people and 10,000
teachers around the country. We also awarded grants to approximately 75 amazing
youth-based organizations around the world.
The following pages highlight the details of these 2008 triumphs, including the
personal experiences of a few young people the Foundation has positively impacted.
We have achieved more success than ever imagined thanks to the support of generous
corporations, organizations and individual donors. Thank you all for sharing in our vision.
Tiger Woods
Since its inception in 1996, the Tiger Woods
Foundation has reached an estimated TEN
million young people through programs
that help kids develop character and
explore future careers.
Tiger Woods Learning Center
Tiger’s Action Plan
Earl Woods Scholarships
president of the
united states
“ The learning center got me on the right path.
I have goals that i want to reach including
going to college.”
- Eric Leos
Eric Leos has attended the Tiger Woods Learning Center since 8th grade.
This is his story of how the TWLC profoundly changed his life:
Tiger Woods
Learning Center
Launched in February 2006, the Tiger Woods Learning
Center is an innovative 14-acre, after school campus
designed to inspire career exploration. Serving
members in grades 5 through 12, classes include
forensic science, robotics, engineering, aerospace,
video production and marine biology.
When I was in 7th grade, I began walking down the wrong road.
I was not motivated at all and I was falling behind in school. My
grades were low and I began to feel badly about myself. I was
hanging out with kids who were going down the wrong path. I
asked myself, “Is that my path?” My answer was NO, but I didn’t
know what my path could be. My counselor told me to apply to
the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The first thing I noticed was
that people were nice to me. I began to feel like I was a part
of something. The staff worked with me to teach me how to
ask questions and not feel ashamed. I can ask about school,
personal issues, future plans and more. My grades went from
D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s and I finished with a 3.13 GPA. I was
so proud of myself, I cried. The day I got my report card, I closed
the door to my room and said to myself, “There is no reason for
me not to succeed, I just have to believe.”
The Learning Center got me on the right path. I have goals
that I want to reach, including going to college. It feels good
when you walk in and people are positive and make you feel
like you belong. Now I am part of the Youth Leadership Team
and have the chance to share my story with others. I speak at
conferences, volunteer in the community, lead tours and tell
people about the impact the Learning Center has had on my
life. I feel like I am helping others who might be where I was two
years ago. Now I feel like a role model. I feel like I am making
a difference in other kids’ lives, like the Tiger Woods Learning
Center has done for me. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can
make other people smile and help them with their lives. At the
Tiger Woods Learning Center, doors have been opened for me in
many ways. No matter what I decide, I KNOW I CAN DO IT and
the TWLC will help me!
“ Through the activities in the program, I
learned that I can accomplish anything and
I have the power to help others.”
- Tylor Cahill-Roberts
For Tylor Cahill-Roberts, Tiger’s Action Plan not only helped him develop more
self-confidence, but also taught him the importance of helping others:
Action Plan
Tiger’s Action Plan, based on the book Start Something
by Earl Woods, is a free program for youth ages 8-17
that addresses three priorities: character education,
volunteer service and career exploration. Youth define
a personal goal and develop a plan to achieve it while
giving back to their community and exploring careers in
their areas of interest.
My name is Tylor Cahill-Roberts and I am in fifth grade. I live in
Mableton, Georgia. Tiger’s Action Plan helped me to become a
leader and inspired me to start a non-profit business. As part
of Tiger’s Action Plan, I participated in activities that built up
my self-esteem and taught me and my classmates to work as a
team. Before, I was a shy kid with no goals. I hated school and
acted out in class. I didn’t have many real friends and I didn’t
smile much. Now, I follow the example of my heroes, mentors
and role models.
Because of Tiger’s Action Plan, I was able to discover more
about who I am and how I can help others. Through the
activities in the program, I learned that I can accomplish
anything and I have the power to help others. As part of Tiger’s
Action Plan, we had to volunteer our time to help others. Since
one of my hobbies is drawing, I came up with the idea to start
a non-profit business called Comic Kidz. About 10 kids and
myself make comic-style cards and send them to sick kids at
a local hospital. The hospital has a pediatric unit with plenty
of kids who appreciate our Comic Kidz’s cards. I spent time in
the hospital and knew how lonely it can be and that kids want
to feel happy when they are there. When I was in the hospital,
someone gave me a card and it helped me feel a little better.
It was a lot of work to get my business started. I made a speech
to the principal, assistant principal, my teachers and my class
to get their approval for the program. The group meets two
times a week before school to make the cards. The hospital
pediatric nurses were so happy to receive the cards. They said,
“The children here have a smile on their faces each time they
receive a card that Comic Kidz made.” Our motto is “Making
Kids’ Lives Shine,” and thanks to Tiger’s Action Plan and the
Start Something book, I now know the importance of helping
others. I am also more organized and responsible. I laugh a lot
and I have friends. In the future, I hope to finish high school,
go to college and maybe be a zookeeper, an architect or a
business owner.
“ I am going to show that I am a smart young
man and deserve this scholarship by working
hard in college and reaching my goals.”
- Fatou Sogoyou-Bekeyi
Fatou Sogoyou-Bekeyi, an environmental science major at the University of Idaho,
is one Washington, D.C. student benefiting from the scholarship:
Earl Woods
In addition to inspiring his son, Tiger, to become the
best golfer and person possible, Earl Woods inspired
countless children through his actions, books, and
TWF, which he co-founded with Tiger in 1996. The
Earl Woods Scholarship program was established to
honor his vision and spirit while continuing his legacy
of caring and sharing. In 2008, the program expanded
its reach beyond California, to include applicants
from Boston and Washington, D.C. The original five
scholarship recipients were accepted as second year
scholars, participating in a summer internship program
at the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim.
As an immigrant student coming from a small country in Africa,
financing my education was a major concern, so receiving the
Earl Woods Scholarship meant that I could reach my ultimate
goal of going to college. In my home country, young people
my age have few options and many are unable to finish
college because they have no means to cover the expenses.
I decided not to be one of them, and to take advantage of
the opportunities I have been given in the United States.
Considering the sacrifices I made to get here, I certainly plan
to work hard, to capitalize on every opportunity available to
me, and, with the help of this scholarship, achieve my dreams.
generations. My favorite part about college is the diversity of
classes and people. There are so many classes on campus to
choose from, and a variety of people from all over the world
that I can meet.
This scholarship and the Tiger Woods Foundation have helped
me achieve my goals. I am going to show people that I am
a smart young man, and prove to others that I deserve this
scholarship by working hard in college and reaching my goals.
I think there is always a way to better your community, and it’s
my responsibility to find a way for me to do that.
It feels good to know that my financial status did not stop
me from reaching for a Ph.D. in environmental science. With
my education, I would like to work for the United Nations and
help improve the environment for my community and future
“ I will use the money to complete my education,
and make my family proud.”
- Surasak Limsakul
20-year-old Surasak Limsakul’s family lost their home and business in the
tsunami. With the help of the Foundation, he is earning a hotel tourism degree at
Rajapat College in Phuket, Thailand, maintaining a high GPA.
The Tiger Woods Foundation is committed to making
direct community investments through its grant-making
program. Grants range from $2,500 - $25,000 and
target communities throughout the country. In 2008,
the Foundation awarded grants to 75 organizations
that specialize in education and youth development.
International Grants
TWF is investing in eight organizations in Thailand, China
and Korea as part of Tiger’s aspiration to positively
impact youth around the world. This global expansion
supports sustainable programs emphasizing education,
youth development, leadership and financial literacy.
Thanks to the vision of Tida Woods, Tiger’s mother,
the Foundation’s programs in Thailand are thriving.
In 2008, the Foundation chose to support Ban Kha,
a school serving 320 students, and eight girls from
Ratchaburi Convent School, an orphanage for girls.
Accompanied by representatives from the Foundation,
Tida traveled to Thailand to see first-hand how these
young children are impacted by TWF support.
Adat Shalom
After School Allstars
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of
the National Capital Area
Bill Dickey
Scholarship Association
Cabin John Volunteer
Fire Department
Cal Ripken Foundation
Capital Area Food Bank
CASA of Fairfax, VA
Classic Basketball
Concordia Language Villages
DC Central Kitchen
DC College Success
Discovery Science Center
Education Africa
Fisher House Foundation
Food & Friends
Foundation for
Students Rising Above
Friends of the Family
Future Leaders of America
Garfield High
Georgetown University
Heroes, Inc.
Holy Cross Romanian
Orthodox Church
International Youth
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Jubilee JumpStart, Inc.
Kiwanis Foundation
Maryland Sheriff’s
Youth Ranch
Mercy Health Clinic
Metropolitan Tulsa
Urban League
Military Officers Association
of America Scholarship Fund
Miriam’s Kitchen
Montgomery County
Collaboration Council
Montgomery County
Family Support Services
Montgomery County Fire
& Rescue Family Support
Mount Vernon High School
Academic Boosters
National Military Family
Neediest Kids, Inc.
Nelson Mandella
Childrens Fund USA
Norwood School
Orange County United Way
Our Military Kids
Pen Center USA
Potential Youth Foundation
ProLiteracy Worldwide
Rachael’s Women’s Center
Red Sox Foundation
Ronald McDonald House
Rural China Education Fund
Sage Hill School
Salesian Boys & Girls Club
of Los Angeles
Salute Military Golf
So Others Might Eat
The Circle of Hope
Therapeutic Riding Center
The Connolley School
of the Holy Child
The First Tee of Montgomery
County, MD
The First Tee, Washington DC
The Health Trust
The House, Inc.
The National Center for
Children and Families
The Nuxhall Children’s Center
The Partnership to Educate
and Advance Kids
The Purcellville Teen Center
The Sbonelo Scholarship
The Shepherd Foundation
Tiger Woods Learning Center
UCI SAGE Scholars
USO of Metropolitan
War Child Canada
Washington DC- MLK, Jr.
National Memorial Project
Washington Jesuit Academy
Western Fairfax
Christian Ministries
William Marcella
Scholarship Fund
World Golf Foundation
Wounded Warriors Project
Yellow Ribbon Fund
Youth Sport Trust
AT&T National
Chevron World Challenge
Tiger Jam
Block Party
Block Party
Tiger Jam
Chevron World Challenge
AT&T National
disaster relief
director, american
red cross
AT&T National
The AT&T National made an exciting return to the
nation’s capital over the Fourth of July holiday weekend,
hosting 120 of golf’s finest players at Congressional
Country Club in Bethesda, MD. 23-year-old Anthony
Kim overcame a three-stroke deficit with a final round
of 5-under 65 to emerge from the pack and earn the
$1.08 million winner’s check. The second annual PGA
TOUR event benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation
drew loyal fans and volunteers to witness the top
players compete for a share of the $6 million purse.
not everyday someone like me gets to play golf
“ It’s
with Fred Couples! I was so grateful to be invited to
be part of the AT&T National.”
- Maggie Rollins
As part of the AT&T National’s growing tradition of
honoring the U.S. Military, golf balls from bases around
the world were delivered to Congressional Country Club
by the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team.
Waiting on the tee was Fred Couples, along with Maggie
Rollins and Jeff Dahl, two children whose parents were
actively serving in the military. Together they hit the
ceremonial “shot from around the world,” kicking off
the official start of the tournament.
The AT&T National raised more than $2 million for
the Foundation and awarded grants to over 50 youth
organizations in the area. Additionally, the Foundation
selected two local high school seniors to support
with college scholarships through the Earl Woods
Scholarship program.
Chevron World Challenge
Vijay Singh birdied the last hole on Sunday to edge
Steve Stricker by one shot and win the $5.75 million
Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America
at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Singh closed with his second consecutive round of
67 to claim the $1.35 million winner’s check and the
tournament trophy given to him by host Tiger Woods.
Singh, 45, also won the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup and
ended the year on a high note.
2008 marked the 10th anniversary of this spectacular
holiday event. The tournament brought 16 of the world’s
best golfers together to test Sherwood’s stern course,
including Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Justin Leonard,
Hunter Mahan, Boo Weekley, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk,
Kenny Perry, Ben Curtis, Paul Casey, Fred Couples,
Luke Donald, K.J. Choi, Mike Weir and Stephen Ames.
Woods returned in his official role as host of the
tournament, participating in Sunday’s award ceremony.
The Chevron World Challenge raised over $2.5 million
for programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Adding to
the money raised, Steve Stricker donated $75,000 of
his winnings. Students from the Tiger Woods Learning
Center were standard bearers at the event, walking the
course on the weekend with each group.
never thought that I would go to a professional
“ Igolf
tournament and participate in the way I did. I am
very thankful for this opportunity.”
- Desiree Dominguez
Tiger Jam
On April 19, 2008 Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort
and Casino welcomed music superstars Van Halen,
Foundation host Tiger Woods, and thousands of fans
for Tiger Jam XI presented by AT&T. Prior to the concert,
VIP guests attended the Tiger Jam XI reception, which
featured a live and silent auction. Popular items
included an Olympic package to the Beijing games and
a private, luxury Royal Canadian Pacific rail cruise.
Jam, I was given the opportunity to describe
“ Atto Tiger
a huge group of people the impact the Tiger Woods
Learning Center has had on my life.”
- Autumn Brickner
After the auction, guests were treated to a special
appearance by three TWLC students who took the
stage to share their greatest achievement and proudest
moment. Next, Van Halen rocked the crowd with an
amazing performance of their greatest hits.
Van Halen lead vocalist, David Lee Roth, made a
personal donation to Woods’ Foundation of $100,000.
Additionally, the Van Halens - Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang
- also contributed $100,000 in support of the charity
and its programs. The eleventh annual fundraising event
helped raise more than $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods
Foundation and other Las Vegas based charities.
Block Party
Tiger Woods hosted 700 guests on October 11, 2008
for the fourth annual Tiger Woods Learning Center
Block Party at the Grove of Anaheim. The event was
a memorable occasion, allowing the Tiger Woods
Foundation to show gratitude to the Orange County
community for their support of the TWLC in Anaheim,
and its students.
As guests arrived, they were greeted by TWLC students
for an evening that included a performance by British
singer and songwriter Seal, a three course meal served
by world renowned chef Mario Batali, a VIP reception and
live and silent auctions. The highlight of the night was a
heartfelt speech from student Eric Leos, whose life has
been changed by the TWLC.
Block Party guests also enjoyed activities on the golf
course including a morning golf exhibition hosted by
Woods, Fred Couples and Chris Riley followed by a round
of golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, CA. The
exciting concert event raised approximately $700,000
for the TWLC and its programs.
was a great privilege to attend the Block Party.
“ IItwas
just one of a bunch of lucky kids that WERE
able to experience this amazing opportunity.”
- Samantha Escutia
Sponsors *
Philanthropic Partner
Bank of America
Booz Allen Hamilton
Deutsche Bank
Gatorade Tiger
TAG Heuer
Target Stores
Philanthropic Supporter
Activa Global Sports &
Entertainment/Ray Taccolini
AT&T Foundation
BearingPoint, Inc.
Buick Motor Division
CareerBuilder, LLC
Charles Schwab & Co.
CS Mott Foundation
CVS Caremark
Freddie Mac Foundation
Golf Digest
Lee Ann & Marshall Hunt
Lockheed Martin
MTM Builder/Developer,
Inc./Dean Morehouse
NetJets, Inc.
Small Ventures USA/
William O. Perkins III
Republic National
Distributing Company
Robert Mondavi Wines
David L. Roth
Stanford Financial Group
SunTrust Bank
Tavistock Tournament Corp.
The Kane Company/
CW Strittmatter
The Meltzer Group
Van Halen
Victory Automotive Group
ACK Capital Partners, LLC
Acra Aerospace
Algonquin Advisors
All Stars Helping Kids, Inc.
American Airlines
America’s Charities
Anaheim Arena Management
APS, Inc.
Aramco Services Company
Automobile Club of Southern
Avanath Capital Partners
Baker Botts LLP
Ballard Spahr Andrews &
Ingersoll, LLP
Bank of America Foundation
BC Thompson Construction
Brookfield Homes
Laura Lee Brown
Canon USA
Capital One
Captech Ventures, Inc.
Comcast SportsNet
Comerica Bank
Commercial Bank of
Compass Lexecon
Congressional Country Club
Shawn & Allan Cooper
Costello Construction
Fred Couples
Jim Cover
Custom House
Colette Daniels
Steve DiMeglio
DRS Technologies, Inc.
Ron Dumas
EA Sports
eCommerce Industries, Inc.
Emulex Corporation/
Daranne & Paul Folino
Ernst & Young LLP
Estate of Patricia O. Pugh
Everest Properties
Ewing M. Kauffman
Fidelity Investments
Flagship Group, LLC
Floyd Fletcher Charitable
Lead Annuity Trust
FTI Consulting
Gilbane Building Company
Hanford Hotels, Inc.
Highway Star
Productions, LLC
Kristina Homer
Hytron, LLC
IBM Corp.
IMG/Mark Steinberg
In Honor of Our Troops
Enclave Project
Innovative Medical
Devices, LLC
Intelligent Decisions, Inc.
International Truck Sales of
Richmond, Inc.
Sheila C. Johnson
Kearney & Company
Ron Loder
Tim Louis
Mandalay Bay Resort
& Casino
Marriott International
Financial Network
The Irvine Company/
Michael McKee
Melmarc, Inc./
Lori & Brian Hirth
Michael Merrill
MGM Grand
Miller & Long
Monahan Family
Montgomery County, MD
Department of Business &
Economic Development
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Nestle USA
NEWH Washington DC
Metro Chapter
Nike Golf
Norman & Cynthia
Morales Foundation
Oprah’s Big Give
Orange County Register
Pacific Coast Title
Pacific Life Insurance Co.
Paul Hasting LLP
Ellen & Harold Pazanti
PNC Hawthorn
* Gifts $10,000 and above during calendar year 2008. Listed in alphabetical order.
Porsche Cars North America
Steve Ports
Raj Manufacturing, Inc./
Marta & Raj Bathal
Red Zebra Broadcasting/
AFCEA International
Regalare Foundation
Philip Ross
Tim Ryan
Adam Saroyan
Scitor Corp.
Sherwood Country Club
Brook T. Smith
William Sopko
Southern Company
Southern Wine & Spirits
Superior Gunite/
Anthony Federico
SVN Equities, LLC/
Linda & Burton Young
Mary Swanson
T.D. Service Company/
Dale Dykema
TEC Constuctors
The Boeing Company
The Coca-Cola Company
The Greenbrier
The iNetworks Group
The Linc Group
The Little Trust
The Ronald Conway Family
The Upper Deck Company/
Richard McWilliam
The Waltos Group of
Northwestern Mutual
Financial Network
The Washington Group
of Northwestern Mutual
Financial Network
Todd Theodora
Traffic Safety Services, LLC
Trillium Bethesda
Troutman Sanders LLP
USEC, Inc.
Gary & Nancy Veloric
Venable LLP
Visit Charlotte
Washington Post
Newsweek Interactive
Waste Management
Wiley Rein
Winchester Homes
XM Satellite Radio
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TWF Board & Staff
Tiger Woods, Founder
TWF Staff
Gregory T. McLaughlin, J.D.,
Michelle Bemis
Arthur Brown
Daniel Callahan
Court Campion
Jessica Carbajal
Kelly Cheng
John Coolbaugh
Marci Drake
Jessica Edwards
Gina Ekmekjian
Lindsay Feiler
Julia Gabor
Andy Harmatys
Chris Hays
Alysia Hendricks
Michelle S. Kim
Michelle Y. Kim
Heather Lee
Agnes Li
Matt Marron
Rachel Rees
Dan Scali
Stacy Stark
Emily Taylor
Jin Thatcher
Lindsey Wagner
TWF Board of Directors
Earl D. Woods,
Chairman in Memoriam
Sandra Barry
Andy Bielanski
Dale L. Dykema
Christopher J. Hubman
Michael P. Johnson
Sheila C. Johnson
Rob Light
Michael D. McKee
Tim J. Ryan
Mark Steinberg, Esq.
Ray Wilkins
Michael K. Wirth
Kultida Woods
TWLC Staff
Katherine E. Bihr, Ed. D.,
Executive Director
Nick Badel
Gyla Bell
Pat Breen
Rodney Campbell
Barry Christy
Milissa Duggan
Alanna Engstrom
Ian Esmilla
Cristina Fernandez
Roman Gonzales
Anthony Hernandez
Joe Hsu
Joseph Jameson
Kelly Jordan
Marjorie Kelly
Susana Lagarde
Dalyna Lam
Sarahi Lopez
Doug Luong
Man Luong
Calving Macaraeg
Maryly Martinez
Wendy Martinez
Eric Moore
Melisa San Agustin
Mehrab Sarwar
Steven Sawyer
Yvonne Tello
David Tong
Jose Valdez
Lonneshia Webb
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Additional photography by Gary Newkirk, Lester Cohen (WireImage) and Dom Furore (Golf Digest)
TWLC Board of Directors
Dale L. Dykema,
Richard Baily
Sandra Barry
Marian Bergeson
Raj S. Bhathal
Avery Brown
Wade H. Cable
Karina Hamilton
Brian Hirth
Christopher J. Hubman
Donald P. Kennedy
Jerry E. Mandel, Ph.D.
Michael D. McKee
Larry Peck
Curt Pringle
Mario Rodriguez
Tim J. Ryan
Laura Sanford
Donald E. Sodaro
Mark Steinberg, Esq.
Todd C. Theodora
Peter V. Ueberroth
Bob Waltos
Laysha Ward
Kultida Woods
Rhonda Zygocki
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