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TGR Foundation welcomes two distinguished leaders as new board members

William “Bill” Smilow and Joe Wilkins join the TGR Foundation Board of Governors IRVINE, Calif. (January 4, 2024) – TGR Foundation, a leading education nonprofit, has announced the appointment of William “Bill” Smilow and Joe Wilkins to its national board of governors. Both distinguished leaders bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to […]

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Hrag Hamalian joins TGR Foundation as president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Hrag M. Hamalian as its new president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs. Hrag is a dynamic leader in education who will oversee TGR Foundation’s education programs and the team responsible for delivering programming to students from under-resourced communities nationwide. 

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Scholar Voices: How I aligned my career path with my passion for human rights and social injustice

I started my journey at Lafayette College intending to study economics and faced many challenges trying to decide what I wanted to pursue after college. My classes were packed with STEM courses, and I felt ill-prepared for the journey I was about to embark upon. TGR Foundation was extremely helpful in my struggles throughout the years. As an Earl Woods Scholar, I was paired with an amazing mentor, Tim Walsh, who opened up his networks and family to me and was very active throughout each year. 

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Cobbs Creek Foundation breaks ground on TGR Learning Lab and revitalization of historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course

PHILADELPHIA – Members of the Cobbs Creek Foundation were joined by elected officials, educators, and supporters to celebrate the launch of the foundation’s revitalization of the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course, a project that will invest at least $100 million into restoring the course and transforming the property into a dynamic golf and education campus. 

The groundbreaking marks the start of construction for the Cobbs Creek Campus. The initial phases of development will include building a reservoir and pumphouse, TGR Learning Lab and driving range building. 

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TGR Foundation welcomes executive director of TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek

TGR Foundation has announced Meredith Foote as the executive director of its new TGR Learning Lab in Philadelphia. Foote, an experienced leader in education will oversee all programs, operations and funding opportunities at the TGR Learning Lab at Cobbs Creek which will empower students to discover and achieve their fullest potential.

“We are excited to have Meredith join TGR Foundation and lead our expansion into Philadelphia at the Cobbs Creek campus,” said John Lee, senior vice president programs and education. “She shares our passion for education and providing youth with access and opportunities to thrive.”

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TGR Foundation announces new leadership

IRVINE, Calif. (June 20, 2023) – TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Cynthia (Cyndi) Court as the Foundation’s new CEO. Court, a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience in youth development, education, marketing and fundraising will lead TGR Foundation as it continues its mission to empower students to pursue their passions through education.

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Growing with the Game: TGR Live highlights Senior Director of Golf, Events

From family foursomes to college athletics and six club championship titles, Lindsey Witham has grown through the game of golf. Along with many memories came lessons and relationships that shaped her life on and off the course. Witham’s professional career began with the PGA TOUR, where she worked as a tournament services coordinator, and led […]

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TGR Foundation, Providence share tips to prioritize mental health

TGR Foundation and Providence are working together to support students and families during Mental Health Month and beyond through their partnership, Empowered Health, focused on health education, health equity and workforce development.   In the United States, 70% of students seek mental health resources through schools and educational institutions, according to the Department of Education’s […]

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TGR Foundation celebrates Mental Health Month, unveils green bench in partnership with Providence  

In support of Mental Health Month, TGR Foundation and Providence partnered in support of students and families in Southern California through the Empowered Health Wellness Fair, where they unveiled the newest green bench of Providence’s Promise to Talk initiative.  

During the free event, students and families had the opportunity to participate in various workshops, offered in English and Spanish. The sessions provided tips and tools to help participants navigate and prioritize their mental health.  

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Scholar Voices: How higher education will break the cycle of poverty for me and my community

Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, the worries of leading a life full of poverty and crime consumed my existence. Instead of viewing this feeling as an excuse, I turned it into motivation to rise above my life circumstances and excel as an active member of my community.     With determination, I have contributed to […]

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TGR Foundation celebrates Women’s History Month, Chief Operating Officer

With a vision of a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless, TGR Foundation celebrates Women’s History Month. We are proud of the many women on our team who help us empower youth through education. 

Jin Choi Thatcher has served the Foundation for more than 20 years and was recently named chief operating officer. With humble beginnings in Orange County and a Korean American heritage, Thatcher has a passion for helping under-resourced communities. As a first-generation high school and college graduate who worked hard and maximized resources to fund her education, she is a proud alumna of Western High School and the University of California, Irvine.  

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TGR Foundation seeks new CEO in collaboration with Nolan Partners

TGR Foundation is seeking a visionary Chief Executive Officer with a dynamic background to lead its strategic direction moving forward. Executive search firm Nolan Partners has been retained to assist in the search for its next CEO.

Nolan Partners is a globally recognized leader in executive placement with experience collaborating with leading brands and organizations in sports and entertainment to place candidates in high-level executive positions. The firm will lead the search for TGR Foundation whose mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education.

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TGR Foundation and TGR Design to partner with the Cobbs Creek Foundation in community development project

TGR Foundation and TGR Design are partnering with the Cobbs Creek Foundation to enhance access to education and golf in Philadelphia through the new Cobbs Creek campus. The campus will support the community through innovative education programs and opportunities to empower youth to discover and achieve their fullest potential.

Through the partnership, TGR Foundation will operate a TGR Learning Lab, providing youth from the region access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, college preparation and career readiness programs.

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Genesis, Genesis Inspiration Foundation commit $1M to TGR Foundation, STEAM education

Genesis Gives, the corporate social responsibility initiative of Genesis Motor North America, and the Genesis Inspiration Foundation announced their commitment of $1 million to TGR Foundation to advance science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education for youth over the next five years at the TGR Learning Lab. Part of this partnership will include learning opportunities for students from TGR Foundation at the Genesis Design Studio. Ceremonial checks were presented to the organization during The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.  

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Scholar Voices: The Importance of Mentorship

I was the first person from my high school to ever get accepted into and attend an Ivy League school. I was celebrated and praised after the news broke out, but deep down I felt sadness more than anything.

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DoD STEM, TGR Foundation announce third cohort of national educator ambassadors

After a rigorous selection process, TGR Foundation and DOD STEM, recently announced its third cohort of DoD STEM Ambassadors with 22 STEM educators from across the country. Bringing decades of experience, the ambassadors will share and support the DoD’s educational outreach efforts through the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC).  TGR Foundation began managing the collaborative partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations and government in 2021 and will continue to lead the program for a second year. The DOD STEM Ambassador program aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our nation.

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TGR Foundation builds on relaunch, partnerships to empower youth

Throughout the last 25 years, TGR Foundation’s impact has been driven by our mission and Tiger’s commitment to serving youth. As the Foundation builds on the relaunch of its signature programs and flagship TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA, the need for a collaborative community of support is more important than ever.  As the education landscape has changed […]

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2022 Year In Review: The Relaunch of Our People, Programs and Spaces

2022 was a year of transition and renewal. Our goal was to relaunch TGR Foundation, with a focus on our people, programs, and spaces. As I reflect on this past year, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for having students back in the renovated TGR Learning Lab and for the community members who stepped forward in joining our mission and vision for the future.

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Champion Spotlight: Alma Gutierrez

Empowered by her experiences as a TGR Learning Lab alumna and first-generation college graduate, Alma Gutierrez has been a champion for students navigating their college and career journeys through TGR Foundation’s Earl Woods Scholar Program for the last six years.

What started as a visit to the Learning Lab with her golf team at Western High School turned into a decade of involvement that helped Alma change the trajectory of her life and her family’s legacy.

While preparing for the relaunch of the flagship TGR Learning Lab, Alma reflected on her journey and the foundation’s impact on her life.

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Providence partners with TGR Foundation to address health disparities, create career paths for youth

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (Nov. 15, 2022) — Providence Southern California and TGR Foundation have formed a partnership that will serve youth and their families across Southern California by closing the gap on health inequities and igniting interest in health careers.   Empowered Health by Providence and TGR Foundation was created to invest in youth by providing meaningful […]

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