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TWF to hold second annual Summer Academy

The week-long program, to be held July 15-20, provides full scholarships to military kids

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., will host its second annual, week-long Summer Academy from July 15-20, 2012. The overnight and day camp, designed for students ages 11 to 13, provides a wide-range of exciting educational STEM classes (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math), hands-on activities and experiments as well as an introduction to the game of golf.

Last summer, 80 students traveled from 12 states and three countries to attend the unique academy, which is hosted at the 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the art Tiger Woods Learning Center in Southern California. Forty children of active military personnel were able to attend the camp at no cost. The Foundation will again provide scholarships to young people from military families around the world.

"I know what it's like to grow up in a military family," founder Tiger Woods said. "I understand that these kids go through a lot and this is just one way that we can say thank you to their families. Kids love summer camp, and we want to give them the chance to attend and experience all the fun that comes with it."

The Summer Academy is comprised of two core programs -- the STEM Academy and the Golf Academy.

In STEM classes, kids will design and create rockets and robots and discover the physiology of bugs, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Meanwhile, Golf classes will focus on elements crucial to the success of professionals like Tiger Woods, including grip, stance, posture, alignment and controlling ball distance as well as putting, chipping, pitching and driving.

"The teachers at the summer camp were excellent," said Timothy Cantway, a military child who travelled from Germany to the TWLC last summer. "It was a super fun week, and I would do it again and again!"

Campers will stay overnight at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, a 210-acre outdoor facility located in the hills overlooking Irvine Regional Park. It is complete with comfortable bunkhouses, swimming pools and a lodge-style dining hall. Campers will enjoy outdoor activities such as archery, zip-lining, hiking and building campfires under the stars.

All Summer Academy students will spend Wednesday at Disneyland for a hands-on Disney's World of Physics workshop, giving campers an inside look at the physics behind high-speed roller coasters such as California Screamin', and how the energy of light and sound come together to create The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and It's Tough to Be a Bug 3D attractions.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation: At the Tiger Woods Foundation, we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops. Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Harvard.