Tiger Woods Donates $3 Million to Haiti

Published January 18, 2010

It took an earthquake to rouse a sleeping Tiger from his den.

According to a tweet from a fellow Black mega-millionaire, the world’s No. 1 golf pro poked his head out of hiding long enough to donate $3 million to relief efforts in Haiti, where a 7.9-magnitude quake leveled the Caribbean island nation last week.

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The day after the temblor left its deadly mark – claiming more than 100,000 lives – hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons revealed that Woods had given the generous gift. The Tiger Woods Foundation, which reportedly made the donation anonymously, has confirmed the contribution.

 Said Greg McLaughlin, president of the Woods Foundation: "Our plan is to be part of the relief effort to help rebuild Haiti by supporting organizations that provide critical resources to young people."

 And for those who believe that Woods only gave to distract attention from his own woes – as he beats back the steady flood of rumors about his alleged sexual addiction to a bevy of blond-haired women other than wife Elin Nordegren – it’s not the first time he has stepped up during a crisis.

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 For example, in 2004, when most folks thought Woods the poster child for the Boy Scouts of America, he donated $100,000 to aid tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia; a year later, he gave another $200,000 to help establish an educational fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.

 The biggest story about the embattled golf giant over the past couple weeks has been his amazing disappearing act.

 "Sorry about blowing up tigers 'anonymous gift' such a sweet gesture," Simmons tweeted Friday. "People have cared so much about other 'secrets' this is inspiring?"

 

Written by <P>By BET.com Staff</P>

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