Tiger's Foundation Doing Great Things
By Kickntrue on 12/1/10
I still like Tiger. That's me. I'm not on a mission to win his old fans back, but I think it is important to look at the entire scope of his work. The Tiger Woods Foundation is a very good thing. It provides for a lot of people who need help, or use the assistance to better themselves and advance their careers.

Here is one such story.
Steven Pham walked into a Westwood coffee shop with great trepidation about meeting a new mentor a few years ago.

Then a freshman at UCLA, Pham was nervous and shy and dreaded awkward silences. Pham had just become an Earl Woods Scholar, and with the $5,000-a-year-scholarship to UCLA came the guidance of Tiger Woods Foundation board member Andy Bielanski.

Pham didn't say much at first, but after a few meetings, he opened up and began to connect with Bielanski, a businessman who has done a lot of work helping Third World countries.
You need to click through and read the rest of the article- to learn how one 20 year old college student is changing his little piece of the world the best he can. The thing is- the story really has NOTHING to do with Tiger, except it would be entirely impossible without him. Not that Pham wouldn't still be an inspiration, but this particular path wouldn't have existed.

When Woods heard of this particular story he was left speechless. There are plenty of good people out there doing good things, people I'm sure Tiger will admit are much better than himself, but the fact is people with money can use the equivalent of pennies to them, and give more than any of us ever could collectively. At the end of the day Tiger may have ruined his legacy as a golfer and person (though I have a feeling a redemption story is coming- we love to forgive almost as much as we love to hate), but it doesn't change that fact that he is touching lives for the better, and that's a good thing.

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[ comments ]
Kurt the Knife says:
TW is just a cat with character flaws like any of us. Part of the difference is most of us haven't the resources or time to indulge our devils as deeply as others.
Its fortunate the foundation didn't die in the hubbub. There has been some beneficial work done there.
Banker85 says:
that is amazing. You cannot disregard the Tiger Woods Foundation, great story, great kid.
jbird2011 says:
Love Tiger and what his foundation has done.
lcgolfer64 says:
Great words, and a great story, @Kickntrue

@Kurt the Knife - for all the funny one-liners you throw out here, there is true iron in those words. Great comment, sir.
Kurt the Knife says:
deeply appreciate your endorsement.
RonInThornton says:
I agree with Kurt's post and would like to add to it that most of us don't have the glaring attention of the media on us 24/7 to expose those flaws
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