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Did You Know: Tiger Woods was Bullied

Claim to Fame

Tiger Woods courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Second only to the legendary Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen, Eldrick (“Tiger”) Woods is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.  A child prodigy who began to play golf at the age of three, Tiger Woods has more wins on the PGA tour than any other current golfer.  In 2006, Woods was named Forbes highest paid athlete, and he ranks second on the list of overall highest paid celebrities, making around $87 million a year. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods)

Interests

Tiger Woods has established several charitable and youth projects, including The Tiger Woods Foundation (a child-focused organization which offers golf clinics to disadvantaged children, university scholarships, grant programs, and much more) Tiger Woods Learning Center (a learning center with multimedia facilities, plus summer and community outreach programs), Tiger Jam (an annual fundraising concert), and Target World Challenge (an annual off-season charity golf tournament, in which Woods donates all of his winnings to his foundation) among others. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods)

Target Profile

A child of mixed race (he calls himself “Cablinasian,” a mixture of Caucasian, Black, American Indian, and Asian), on his first day of kindergarten, Woods was tied to a tree by a pack of older boys and taunted with racial slurs.  (Source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2000/sportsman/) In addition, during a March 26, 2006 interview for 60 Minutes, Tiger Woods admitted to having a severe stuttering problem when he was younger.  In spite of his difficulties as a child, Woods was an impressive student who did not let others bring him down.  He garnered mostly A’s in school, and then went on to study at Stanford University.  Woods has also been credited with inspiring the interest of other minorities, and youth in general, in the game of golf. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Woods) Go Tiger!

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