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Tiger Woods visits Cesar Chavez charter school

My colleague Barry Svrluga reports that Tiger Woods was in town Friday to celebrate the opening of his Tiger Woods Learning Center at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School's Capitol Hill campus. It's his second such center in the District and the culmination of a nearly four-year process to establish a presence here.

Woods flew in Friday morning for the 30-minute presentation, which included a question-and-answer session with several ninth-graders. He said afterward that he believes the Tiger Woods Foundation's presence in Washington could help him expand the charity internationally in the future.

"It's a perfect fit," Woods said. "If we can do this correctly, like we did in L.A., I think it'll be more impactful here than it is in L.A. Look at the people who come here. If they visit what we do, and we can offer it to their country - not just here domestically, but internationally as well - I think it'd be a great vehicle for us to expand and help more kids around the world."

Woods spoke to the assembly, without glancing at the note cards in front of him, to emphasize the importance of education.

"There were a lot of gangs at my high school," Woods said during assembly. "There was violence. And, thankfully, I had people to point me in the right direction."

The facility at the Chavez School on Capitol Hill will focus on communications and video production and open within the next several weeks. The Parkside campus in Ward 7 is already open, and will focus on science and engineering. Officials expect the facilities to serve about 500 students per site, offering after-school programs designed, they said, to enhance what students are already learning in school.

By Bill Turque  | October 8, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
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This is really good news. I couldn't care less how many women this guy smashes. I care more about his charitable work.

Granted, his charitable work will go a long way towards varnishing his reputation. Some of it may well be intended to blunt the impact of his "scandals". That still wouldn't take away from the impact of his investment in our children's future.

Posted by: peaceandprotest | October 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Washington, lock up your women!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dskiff | October 8, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad for the learning center but I am disgusted that pervert was invited. I hope he kept his dick in his pants.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 8, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

What kind of a message is the DC school system giving, when it invites this sorry excuse for a human being? That as long as you make money in sports, all kinds of personality flaws are okay?

If the school system accepted the moeny before his sexual predatorship was known, they could have either a) returned his filthy money, or b) at the lease, withdrawn any invitation for him to come and address impressionable children.

Oh, but this is DC. I guess if there is one place where Woods would be embraced no questions asked, it would be here. And in PG county.

Posted by: ashrink | October 8, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Idiot Bitter_Bill, its his money paying for it. I don't think he needs an invitation. You sound jealous, you seem to forget Men and Women have been cheating for as long as we have been in existence.

Don't look now, but someone in your family is cheating as we speak and there is a good chance one of your kids will if they haven't already.

Posted by: xxx1 | October 8, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Tiger Woods is giving back to communities where such support is needed most. His personal matters, which are his business, have nothing to do with his altruism. You know, some people are so forgiving while others are so negative. We should look closer to home for our role models and stop idolizing celebrities. When we start doing this, children and teens will do the same. Then when such public figures err, few will demonize them for their private pursuits which may conflict with our values. Tiger, thanks for such good deeds.

Posted by: wordwise1 | October 11, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

ashrink: You are @sshole!!!TW is more of a contributor to this society than your idiotic butt will ever be. Thanks God we have some sensible people here in DC who can see the greatness of the act.

Posted by: rastaman48 | October 12, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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