Located at H.G. (Dad) Miller Golf Course - a course Woods played in high school - the project will include a 30,000-square-foot computer-based education center and a 23-acre golf teaching facility. Course architect Tom Fazio has donated his services to the project, which hopes to open its doors to Southern California youngsters from kindergarten through grade 12 by the summer of 2004.
'It just blows my mind sometimes that this high school-punk kid gets a chance to give back where it all started,' said Woods. 'Our directive is to have this built first, then build more around the country. This is the model and we want to do it right.'
While golf will be an important part of the new center, Woods stressed it isnt the reason he got involved.
'This isnt a school,' he said. 'Its a place where kids can enhance their lives. Its about being better educated and becoming a better person. Its about following your dreams.'
Earl Woods, Tigers father, announced that Target Stores has become the first major donor in the project, pumping in $2.5 million.