Guest Author - Letta Meinen
In the March issue of Golf Digest is twelve pages of advertising the Tiger Woods Foundation. This foundation is ten years old and was started by Tiger and his Father Earl. This foundation has now reached over 10 million young people through career exploring, character development and grant programs. In these few pages you will meet several of these young people and how this foundation has helped them.
As a national character development program started in 2006 was the Scholarship Fund in memory of Earl Woods who dedicated his life to helping young people achieve their dreams. Several of these young people are featured here in this advertisement section. This is the most interesting advertisement I have ever read. One of the first students of the Learning Center was Eric Leos who has attended the center and is in 8th grade and he tells his story of how it has helped him.
Eric talks about being a loser in 7th grade and was hanging out with the wrong kids and he kept wondering if this was going to be his life. A counselor in school advised him to apply for the Tiger Woods Learning Center and as he said the first thing he noticed when there was that they were nice to him. His counselor began working with him and just visited and asked question even personal questions about his future plans.
After a year in the Learning Center he graduated with Aís and Bís and when he saw his report card he cried. He told himself that all he needed to succeed was to believe he could do it. He now finds himself as a volunteer helping to promote the Learning Center and giving talks and even feels like a role model for younger kids.
On the next several pages are more students who have been helped by the Tiger Woods Foundation. This is a free program for youth ages 8-17 and post character education, volunteer services and career exploration. Another story that was uplifting was from Tylor Cahill-Roberts a fifth grader from Mableton, Georgia. With Tigerís Action Plan he participated in it taught him to work as a team and to help others. He hated school but with this Action Plan he gave him a will to work. Since he liked to draw he came up with the idea of drawing cards and giving them to children in the hospital. He invited 10 other students to participate and called their business Comic Kidz. Tylor says that he learned so much that helping others also helped him have goals for a better education.
You will be inspired by these stories and it was a rare treat to see such an advertisement in the Golf Digest. As a dedication to his father Earl, Tiger has based his Action Plan Scholarship on the book his father wrote called Start Something. This March issue of Golf Digest will also get you back in shape for the 2009 golfing season with many golfing instruction and tips by pro golfers and teachers.