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.
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