“Thanks to all the sponsors, donors and guests who attended, we were able to make the 20th Tiger Jam a huge success to continue expanding our impact at TGR Foundation and help underserved kids,” said Tiger Woods.
Tiger Jam kicked off Friday morning at the exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course where guests were treated to breakfast and an exhibition and Q&A session with Tiger Woods. Woods provided insight on everything from his practice schedule and his process for choosing clubs, to his favorite moment in his career. Instagram sensation Joshua Kelley (also known as @holein1trickshots) impressed the crowd with a live trick shot performance. Former professional football star and NFL Network host Reggie Bush, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and golfer Paige Spiranac also joined guests for a memorable day on the bucket-list course.
That evening, guests had the opportunity to knock out the world’s top poker players as they hit the tables at Tiger’s Poker Night, presented by the World Poker Tour® (WPT®), inside Whiskey Down at MGM Grand. Poker legend and WPT Raw Deal host Phil Hellmuth emceed and participated in the exciting event, along with the WPT’s Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst, and Lynn Gilmartin and professional poker players Maria Ho, Antonio Esfandiari, and Scotty Nguyen. Instagram sensation Napkin Killa drew his famous cocktail napkin portraits of guests at Tiger’s Poker Night. Eight players went all in on the final table, which resulted in crowning Stuart Porad as Tiger’s Poker Night amateur champion and Phil Hellmuth as Tiger’s Poker Night professional champion. Hellmuth generously donated the winnings back to TGR Foundation.
The festivities continued Saturday morning as Tiger Jam donors joined special guests including former woman’s long drive champion Troy Mullins and pro golfer Tisha Alyn Abrea to test their skills at a morning golf tournament at Shadow Creek hosted by Golf Channel’s Blair O’Neal. 18birdies, a new partner this year, provided players real time scoring of the tournament on the 18Birdies app.
The highly anticipated main event kicked-off Saturday evening with a VIP reception, emceed by Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor.” Attendees were welcomed to the reception with classic Las Vegas themed entertainment including an Elvis impersonator. Following dinner, Earl Woods Scholar recipient, Desiree Sim, took the stage to address the crowd. The Skidmore College rising senior is on track to graduate in Spring 2019 with plans to become a social worker and start a nonprofit to help at-risk youth. Sim shared that the Earl Woods Scholar Program gave her the support she needed when she felt that no one else would give her a chance. Next Woods addressed the crowd, first thanking his mother Kultilda Woods who was in attendance.
Hero World Challenge which includes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to caddie for Tiger Woods during his Pro-Am round at Albany, Bahamas raising $50,000 for TGR Foundation. Sugar Ray Leonard surprised the crowd as he joined Chris Harrison on stage to help auction off not one, but two packages for a one-of-a-kind experience to spend the day with the boxing legend.Woods detailed that education came first in his family and it is the principle that has helped shaped TGR Foundation. He also made note that the foundation plans to impact millions both domestically and internationally. The reception wrapped with a thrilling live auction, filled with luxury items such as an Advance Package Acura MDX SH and unforgettable golf experiences at Bluejack National, Diamante Cabo San Lucas and the 2018
Following the reception, multi-GRAMMY and Billboard Award-winning band, Train, performed an intimate, poolside rock concert exclusively for Tiger Jam guests. The band wowed the crowd by taking selfies with the front row and handing out t-shirts throughout the show. Train performed some of their top hits including “Play That Song,” “Meet Virginia,” “Hey Soul Sister” and covered Journey’s “Don’t’ Stop Believin.’”
To cap off the night, attendees headed to the official post-party at Topgolf Las Vegas where they played interactive golf games and danced the night away in addition to indulging on delectable late-night bites.
As TGR Foundation expands its charitable impact, Tiger Jam continues to set the bar for premium charity events. Those who were not able to attend in person can see all of the weekend action from Las Vegas exclusively on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @TGRLiveEvents.
In just a few short days, TGR Foundation heads to Las Vegas to host its milestone 20th Tiger Jam, an exclusive two-day charity event at the MGM Grand. Since its inception and still true two decades later, proceeds raised through Tiger Jam serve and support our students and scholars throughout the world. On Saturday, May 19, guests in attendance will have the distinct pleasure of meeting one such scholar –Earl Woods Scholar Desiree Sim – who is a product of the work we do.
A New York native and junior at Skidmore College, Desiree epitomizes grit. Uncertainty, loss and, at times, abandonment have shaped her journey since she was three-years-old. But despite the numerous hardships she endured, Desiree’s story is ultimately one of determination and triumph. Valedictorian of her high school and the first member in her family to attend college, Desiree will graduate Skidmore in 2019 armed with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a deep desire to use her struggles as a learning tool to help others.“I do not identify myself through my past experiences,” she explains. “They motivate me to work harder. I want to make a difference and have an impact on others.”
Desiree, like many of the students we serve, stands as a reminder that by leveling the playing field, our kids are unstoppable.
We’re preparing our educators as well, through TGR EDU: Create – giving them the tools, resources, techniques and confidence to deliver innovative STEM and college-access lessons in their classrooms – helping us reach exponentially more students.
For most first-generation college students, like Desiree, who need additional support to thrive in college and beyond, the Earl Woods Scholar Program offers just that – dedicated mentors, professional development workshops, career counseling – and more, to see them through their college journey.
By giving students in need the right resources and access to a support system, we’re helping them shift their trajectory and realize their full potential. We’re challenging our students to dream bigger, reach further and reimagine their future.
We hope you’ll join our efforts and pledge your support today!
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Eldrick Tont Woods (born December 30, 1975) better known as Tiger Woods, is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur career, Woods was 20 years old when he turned professional at the end of summer in 1996. By the end of April 1997, he had won three PGA Tour events in addition to his first major, the 1997 Masters. Woods won this tournament by 12 strokes in a record-breaking performance and earned $486,000. He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, less than a year after turning pro. Throughout the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf—he won the2000 U.S. Open by a record 15-shot margin. He was the top-ranked golfer in the world from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 weeks) and again from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 weeks).
He had ranked number one for a total of 683 weeks, more than any other player in history. He ended a career-high winless streak of 107 weeks when he triumphed in the Chevron World Challenge in December 2011. After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013, he ascended to the No.1 ranking once again, holding the top spot until May 2014.
Woods has broken numerous golf records. He has been World Number One for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record eleven times, the Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average a record eight times, and has the record of leading the money list in ten different seasons. He has won 14 professional major golf championships, where he trails only Jack Nicklaus who leads with 18, and 79 PGA Tour events, second all-time behind Sam Snead(82). Woods leads all active golfers in career major wins and career PGA Tour wins. He is the youngest player to achieve the career Grand Slam, and the youngest and fastest to win 50 tournaments on tour. Additionally, Woods is only the second golfer (after Nicklaus) to have achieved a career Grand Slam three times. Woods has won 18 World Golf Championships, and won at least one of those events in each of the first 11 years after they began in 1999. Woods and Rory McIlroy are the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship.