Tiger Woods and his foundation have gone to new heights thanks to money raised by the World Challenge in the past and this week’s event was in danger before Woods took money out of his own pocket to help the World Challenge by Northwestern Mutual meet it’s operating costs.
Woods would not say the amount of money that he personally contributed, but the Associated Press has said the number was $4 million.
“I’m not going to tell you the exact amount, but it’s a good number,” Woods said.
“What’s important is that if it wasn’t for this tournament, we wouldn’t have the success with the foundation. The Learning Center (in nearby Orange County) would not have happened. We wouldn’t have gained the awareness that we have now.
“There have been so many kids that we have helped, just because of this event. It’s important to me, to the foundation. This is what got us on the map.”
Woods started the foundation with his father and it has remained very important to him throughout the years. In order to stop the Tiger Woods Foundation from taking a major hit in order to put on the tournament, Woods dug into his own pockets and made an honorable donation to the cause.
Event organizers were left scrambling after a title sponsor for the tournament fell through. Thankfully, Tiger Woods came through in a big way and helped save the event.
It’s stories like these that help us remember there is still some humanity in the world.