About Us

Our Impact

In 1996, Tiger Woods launched TGR Foundation based on the Woods’ family motto of share and care, and a dream to give kids hope. With the mission to empower youth to reach their highest potential, TGR Foundation developed innovative education and youth development programs to reach underserved students worldwide. In 2016, Tiger Woods challenged TGR Foundation ‘to make bold choices, explore unchartered territory and reach millions of kids around the world.’

Now in its 25th anniversary year, the foundation has met his challenge and celebrates two million students reached.


“I’m proud of my foundation’s growth over the last 25 years,” Tiger Woods said. “Five years ago, I challenged my team to reach millions of kids around the world. As we celebrate this milestone, I’m excited for our new projects that will help even more students chase after their dreams.”

The journey to two million began with Woods’ vision to create a safe space for underserved youth. With the opening of the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim in 2006, his vision became a reality and a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), college and career programs for youth followed. In an effort to impact even more students, the TGR Learning Lab began working closely with educators worldwide, helping them enhance their practice. For 25 years, TGR Foundation has worked to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. With an unwavering commitment to impact underserved youth, the foundation’s mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education.

Looking ahead, TGR Foundation remains focused on driving equity and access in education. With the launch of the Pathways Forward initiative, the foundation will expand efforts to provide students the tools and resources to build accessible pathways to personal and professional success. Through collaborative partnerships and donations to Pathways Forward, students will have access to innovative curricula, inspiring learning spaces and resources to achieve career success all aimed to reach more underserved youth in the years ahead.

To learn more about TGR Foundation, please visit TGRFoundation.org.

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Who we are

  • Executive Leadership

    Gordon McNeill

    President and CEO

    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet

    Mike Antolini

    Vice President, Championships

    “Life moves fast. As much as you can learn from your history, you have to move forward.” Eddie Vedder

    Michelle Bemis

    Vice President, Events & Experience

    “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
  • Events

    Dave Klewan

    General Manager, The Genesis Invitational

    “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” Ben Hogan

    Stacy Stark-Bloch

    Associate Vice President, Events

    “Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.” William Longgood

    Gina Ekmekjian

    Director, Events

    “Do it with passion, or not at all.” Rosa Nouchette Carey

    Lindsey Witham

    Director, Events

    “Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.” Sheryl Sandberg

    Brandon Wong

    Director, Operations

    “Doubt is the enemy of success.” Jim Bridwell

    Julia Schmitt

    Events Manager

    “You're tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.” Christopher McDougall

    Sarah Rapps

    Events Manager

    “In a world where you can be anything...be yourself.” Etta Turner

    Emma Heegar

    Events Manager

    “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt

    Jack Basalone

    Operations Coordinator

    “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support and the greatest things can happen.” Pete Carroll
  • Marketing

    Dan Scali

    Director, Marketing

    “Pay it forward.” Woody Hayes

    Noah Sharfman

    Tournament Marketing & Communications Manager

    “An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs.” Mitch Headberg

    Amber Fuller

    Art Director

    “Seeing too much is seeing nothing.” Unknown

    Brian Valdez

    Junior Graphic Designer

    “Digital Design is like painting, except the paint never dies.” Neville Brody

    Heather Kellogg

    Marketing & Digital Content Specialist

    “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. ” Jim Valvano
  • Partnerships

    Danny Callahan

    Assoc. Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

    “Keep on rockin' in the free world.” Neil Young

    Matt Cusick

    Director, Sales

    “Don't start if you're gonna quit.” Eric Church

    James Cefaly

    Senior Manager, Sales

    “The more I practice, the luckier I get.” Arnold Palmer

    Anthony LaFica

    Sales Manager

    “Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.” Jim Valvano

    Laura Bauer

    Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

    “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis