The Golf Writers Association of America honored the world's No. 1 player Wednesday with the Charlie Bartlett Award for his work with the Tiger Woods Foundation, which has reached about 10 million young people and given out more than $30 million in grants.
He also opened the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a 35,000-square-foot facility in Anaheim, Calif., in which about 5,000 students in an after-school program studied engineering, robotics and forensic science.
'I'm proud of the work my foundation has accomplished, and I'm honored the GWAA has chosen to celebrate the 10 million young lives we've changed for the better,' Woods said. 'Receiving the Charlie Bartlett Award is a great honor, and I'm grateful for this support and recognition.'
Woods, who won nine times worldwide and two majors last year, also won the GWAA's player of the year award.
The award, named after the first secretary of the GWAA, is given to a professional golfer for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Woods will be honored at the GWAA annual dinner April 4 in Augusta, Ga.
Woods and his late father, Earl, established the foundation when Woods turned pro in 1996.
Along with the learning center, the foundation joined with Target Stores in 2000 to create 'Start Something,' a free program for children ages 8 through 17 that helps them define their goals.
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