Growing up, I always tried to keep a serious face. Not because I wasn’t a happy person but because I never liked my smile. No matter how many times I practiced smiling in front of a mirror, when it was time for a picture, I would try my best to avoid it. My insecurities made me extremely timid. However, whenever I was able to do anything science or math-related, I came out of my shell. I did not care where I was or what I looked like. I just wanted to learn because it was fun for me.
Fast forward to my first year of college, I was very excited; I had the chance to study computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I had nearly perfect grades, and I genuinely loved what I was studying. I felt like I did when I was learning as a child.
Earl Woods Scholar Alumnus Eduardo Muñoz has hit a couple of “speed bumps,” as he calls them, throughout his personal and professional journey. However, raised in a family that instilled in him and modeled unwavering determination, no obstacle ever took him off course. When his own father faced health issues several years ago, Eduardo took from the situation life lessons that have steered him through his undergraduate days at Allegheny College and onto his now former professional career at Edwards Life Sciences.
When I was teaching there were distinct times of the year that kids exhibited high stress and anxiety as it relates to completing assignments. It was common to see students, usually in gifted programs, bogged down with the pressures of academia. We took it as a norm; school, studying and exams can be stressful. Today, however, many more students are feeling the pressures of school, which can be daunting and, for many, debilitating.
Educators have a moral duty to help the young people under their care learn to cope and thrive beyond merely achieving competency through their prescribed curriculum. There are many ways educators can motivate, reinforce and change the tide of mental health concerns among their students.
Located just across from the first tee of famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, the historic Peter Hay Golf Course will be entirely reimagined with the help of one of Golf’s greatest champions. PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. (December 17, 2019) – As its Centennial celebration winds down, Pebble Beach Company looks to the future, announcing today it […]
MELBROUNE — With a few high-profile exceptions, team-play captaincies generally come and go without much fanfare. The process usually looks something like this: a past-his-prime major winner, no longer a significant factor on tour but not yet irrelevant, is tapped for the job. It’s typically a reward for a distinguished playing career. The selection spends […]
MELBOURNE, Australia — Every team-play captain confronts difficult choices. Who will play with whom? In what order? And who sits? In that sense, Tiger Woods’s experience this week has been no different from the umpteen captains before him. On Saturday, though, Woods made a decision unlike any other in Presidents Cup history. He sat his […]
MELBOURNE — Justin Thomas didn’t have his best stuff all day. A bit loose with the driver, slightly off with the irons, uncharacteristically inconsistent with the putter. But he was perfect when it mattered most. Thomas holed a slippery 17-foot birdie putt on Royal Melbourne’s 18th green for a desperately needed 1-up victory in foursomes […]
MELBOURNE — The playing captain’s objectives were simple: set the tone and make sure the first point of the Presidents Cup went red, white and blue. Tiger Woods birdied his first two holes of the day. Tone, set. He birdied his last two holes of the day. Point, secured. Woods made six birdies overall in […]
Boston native and Earl Woods Scholar alumnus Vladimir Casseus grew up instilled with the mantra that education was the key to success. Alongside his parents, who pushed him to excel academically, Vladimir was guided by teachers, friends, mentors, church members, coaches and the extended family he built at TGR Foundation.
With a master’s degree in school psychology from Tufts University, Vladimir has worked as a School Psychologist within Boston Public Schools for more three years. He’s committed to motivating students to surpass their potential and overcome all obstacles.
Professional development workshops and conferences are ways to learn new teaching strategies and improve one’s teaching practice. In the summer of 2018, I attended my first weeklong STEM Studio hosted by TGR Foundation. Even though I have participated in numerous workshops throughout my teaching career, there was something unique about STEM Studio. In attempting to describe my STEM Studio experience, the word that comes to mind is CREATE.
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas — Tiger Woods hit his first nine fairways on Saturday. He missed the 10th, and it cost him dearly. Woods tugged a driver into one of Albany’s dicey waste areas left of the drivable par-4 14th green, a short-side miss that led to a costly bogey and torpedoed his chances for a […]
ALBANY, Bahamas – As part of ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Dorian, the Hero World Challenge has contributed $184,500 to the ONE Bahamas Fund through a charity challenge to the players.
Henrik Stenson won the 2019 Hero World Challenge after a strong back nine to finish with a final round 66 and a total of 18 under par, winning by one stroke over defending champion Jon Rahm. Stenson took the lead once and for all following an eagle on the par-5 15th hole to pull away […]
After being accepted into the University of California, Berkeley, the uncertainty Yeon Jin “Grace” Lee felt around her future at the university and in the United States dwindled as she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. From UC Berkeley to NASA, her education opened doors to ignite her career and help her reach higher to obtain a Master of Science in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. It was through this experience that she gained her green card and security in her place in America.
From South Korea to Southern California, Grace overcame obstacles in her path as an undocumented immigrant and achieved great success. We recently connected at the flagship TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA to reflect on her journey and how she’s using her platform and experiences to empower other students like her.
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas — On Saturday at around 3 p.m., after the final putt of the Hero World Challenge drops, Tiger Woods will put his captain’s hat on. He’ll reprioritize his organizational duties and begin to shepherd his United States team through its 23-hour journey to Australia for the Presidents Cup. Until then, it’s all business. […]
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas — After Wednesday’s opening-round 72, one could hardly blame Tiger Woods for concluding that winning might not be in the plans this week at the Hero World Challenge. He was closer to the bottom of the leader board than the top, he’s playing tournament host and still finalizing logistical and strategic preparations […]
Each year TGR Foundation welcomes dozens of students into the Earl Woods Scholar Program providing support beyond financial aid. Each scholar is matched with a dedicated mentor who will support and guide them through their college years and beyond. The mentorship component of the program has proven to be both valuable and memorable for our students, particularly those that leave home for the first time.
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas — Some even-par rounds are a bit of a slog—a birdie here, a bogey there, but never deviating too far from the baseline. Others, like Tiger Woods’ opening 72 at the Hero World Challenge, are a bit of a roller coaster. The tournament host made an eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and […]
Eighteen of the world’s best players compete in the 2019 Hero World Challenge. Get to know the players in the field. Patrick Cantlay Former top-ranked amateur made his Hero World Challenge debut in 2018, finishing T5. Bryson DeChambeau Played in the Hero World Challenge for the first time in 2018, finishing T12. Tony Finau His […]
At TGR Foundation we believe the best way to impact the world is to empower those who enter it. Our education programs transform empowerment into impact as we support students and educators around the world. With our generous donors, partners and volunteers, we are joining the global day of philanthropy to Empower The Journey of more students in need on Giving Tuesday, December 3. A $41K match from our Board of Governors will allow us to double the dollars raised through the end of the year.