Tiger Woods News: Personal Life Interrupts Golfing Career; Foundation's Success Makes It a Good Thing

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta ( @GeigaSr
on Jun 30, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
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Tiger Woods (Photo : Reuters)

Sometimes during the life of an iconic athlete such as Tiger Woods, the degree of difficulty in finding out about his philanthropy can exceed the most difficult of shots on the golf course.

Two students are trying to shed light on Woods' good works this week at the AT&T National golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., the Washington Post reported.

Marcus Edwards and Elmu Sadalah, both 18, were at the tournament to talk about the Tiger Woods Foundation, which created the Tiger Woods Learning Centers, of which both are products.

Edwards is a graduate of Cesar Chavez Public Charter School on Capitol Hill. Sadalah will be a senior there in the fall.

Both told the Washington Post that they weren't thinking past high school until they both entered one of Woods' learning centers, which serve kids in after-school programs and in-school classes designed not around golf, but on science, technology, engineering and math.

Edwards received a full scholarship to Kentucky State, according to the report. Sadalah is considering the University of Florida, Penn State and New York University. Both are interested in studying video production.

"In all honesty, when I first went to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, college was not on my mind," Edwards said. "That's where I learned that I wanted to pursue higher education so I could better myself in my career."

Added Sadalah, "As a freshman, I always had a set view of things and how things should be and should not be. But the Tiger Woods Learning Center helped open my perspectives, and I learned how to connect things together."

Woods, whose golf and personal life dominate headlines, decided he wanted to help educate youth way back in 1997. He started the Tiger Woods Foundation, which led to the opening of the first Tiger Woods Learning Center in Orange County, Calif.  Three centers, including the one on Capitol Hill, now are open.

Both know Woods personally and say he is personable.

"The way Tiger acts, and the foundation itself, the comparison is very simple," Sadalah said. "They're both down to earth. You can talk to Tiger juts the way you can talk to the people from the Tiger Woods Learning Center. You can talk to them about everything. They're willing to help you. It's like a community, a family." 

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