Eldrick Tont (December 30, 1975 Cypress, California)) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur career, Woods was 20 years old when he turned professional at the end of the summer in 1996. By April 1997, he had already won three PGA tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters. Woods won this tournament by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 and again from June 2005 to October 2010.
Tiger Woods foundation
Founded in 1996, the Tiger Woods Foundation champions breakthrough transformations and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in school and beyond.
When the foundation launched in 1996, I was 20 years old. I knew our junior golf program and the grants were having a positive impact, but the tragedy of 9/11 made me realize we needed to do more. I wanted a permanent, safe space for kids to explore their dreams. From there, we created the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim and the Earl Woods Scholar Program, honoring my dad.
Over twenty years later, the results speak for themselves. We worked in STEM before it was a common acronym. To date, the TGR Learning Lab has served more than 150,000 students. We’ve introduced 85,000 girls to STEM careers and reached 1,000 educators annually, bringing them professional-development programs in STEM education.
We’ve also been pioneers in positive youth development, building resilience and developing self-advocacy skills in young people. Research shows this is critical to long-term success in life. We believe that if we give every student access to educational resources and show them that their self-worth is not defined by where they come from or the color of their skin, they will be unstoppable.
Our Earl Woods Scholars embody that tenacity, blazing trails to become tomorrow’s innovators, creators and leaders. At 98.7%, we have one of the highest college graduation rates among scholarship programs in the U.S. And our unique one-to-one philosophy provides critical support to our first-generation college students.
For the last two decades, we’ve done more for children who have less. And now we’re expanding our reach through TGR EDU: Explore, providing our award-winning programs to millions of students, teachers and families worldwide.
Quality educational resources can transform students and schools. They have the long-term power to impact crime, generational poverty and unemployment. I’m dedicated to the growth of this important work. We are just getting started.