MAKING AN IMPACT
Supporting youth globally through the Hero World Challenge
For more than 20 years, the Hero World Challenge has raised funds to support youth around the world. All proceeds from the event help TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and the Bahamas Youth Foundation make an impact on youth through education. To date, the Hero World Challenge has raised nearly $32 million for youth focused charities to date.
A GROWING IMPACT
The Hero World Challenge, which was established by Tiger and his father Earl in 1999, was the first professional golf tournament hosted by Tiger and the first tournament to benefit his TGR Foundation. Following the first tournament which was held in Arizona, the event moved to Southern California where it would be held for the next thirteen years. While the tournament was played at Sherwood Country Club, the event grew in popularity with fans and the world’s top golfers, driving significant impact for youth in Southern California and ultimately across America.
After fourteen years of impact, TGR Live and NEXUS Luxury Collective partnered to write the next chapter in the tournament’s storied legacy. The 2015 Hero World Challenge moved to its current host course at Albany, Bahamas and became was the first TGR Live event to be held outside of the United States, supporting youth domestically and in The Bahammas.
“Over the course of over 20 years, this event has been huge for TGR Foundation. It has exceeded my expectations. We started the Hero World Challenge to have a fundraiser for my foundation and showcase what we are trying to do for kids. We are now having an international impact.”
-Tiger Woods, December 2019
In 1996, Tiger Woods launched TGR Foundation based on the Woods’ family motto of share and care, and a dream to give kids hope. With the mission to empower students to pursue their passions through education, TGR Foundation developed innovative education and youth development programs to reach underserved students worldwide. In 2016, Tiger challenged TGR foundation “to make bold choices, explore unchartered territory and reach millions of kids around the world.” In its 25th anniversary year, the foundation has met his challenge and celebrates two million students reached.
The journey to two million began with Woods’ vision to create a safe space for underserved youth. With the opening of the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim in 2006, his vision became a reality and a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), college and career programs for youth followed. In an effort to impact even more students, the TGR Learning Lab began working closely with educators worldwide, helping them enhance their practice. For 25 years, TGR Foundation has worked to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless.
“I’m proud of my foundation’s growth over the last 25 years. Five years ago, I challenged my team to reach millions of kids around the world. As we celebrate this milestone, I’m excited for our new projects that will help even more students chase after their dreams.”
– Tiger Woods, February 2021
As TGR Foundation celebrates reaching two million students, its focus remains on driving equity and access in education. With the launch of its new Pathways Forward initiative, the foundation will expand efforts to build accessible pathways to personal and professional success.
Through collaborative partnerships and donations to Pathways Forward, students will have access to innovative curricula, inspiring learning spaces and resources to achieve career success all aimed to reach more underserved youth in the years ahead. All with the goal of providing students with the skills to be prepared for the careers of tomorrow.
“Jobs of the future are continuing to change and it’s up to us to give kids the education, the tools and the skills necessary to be successful. We need to act now to increase underserved students’ opportunities to see and achieve beyond their dreams.”
– TGR Foundation President & CEO Gordon McNeill, February 2021
To learn more about TGR Foundation, please visit TGRFoundation.org