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Tiger Woods Recovering From Crash As Fans Reflect On His Educational Facility, Legacy

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Started nearly 25 years ago, TGR Learning Lab has helped two million students with after school programs, college scholarships and even golf careers. Stacey Butler reports.

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- When Tiger Woods crashed today, fans around the world reflected on his skill on the golf course. But Tiger transcends sports. And thanks to his good works off the course, many lives have been changed for the better. In the past 25 years, Tiger has helped two million students get closer to their dreams with school programs and college scholarships.

- KCAL 9 Orange County reporter Stacey Butler has more tonight on the golfing icon's foundation.

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- We love Tiger down here in Orange County.

STACEY BUTLER: Born and raised in the OC, Tiger Woods is every bit the hometown hero. But his biggest legacy has little to do with golf.

LUCAS SARTO: When I was there, there was a lot of like really advanced curriculum.

STACEY BUTLER: Lucas Sarto is talking about Tiger Woods Learning Lab. For years, he attended the after-school program and learned science, math, and golf, but mostly the value of focus.

LUCAS SARTO: Just focusing, and, you know, that's a big part of Tiger's game. He's been ultra focused his entire career. Learning that through-- through a lot of the coaches there has been a great part for me to take over.

STACEY BUTLER: Tonight, Sarto is sharpening his swing at the course next to Tiger's TGR Foundation. In 25 years, the golf icon has helped two million students with after-school programs, college scholarships, and to even golf careers.

JONATHON HOANG: I grew up here because of the Tiger Woods Learning Center.

STACEY BUTLER: Jonathon Hoang attended TGR for six years. He graduated college and now works at the golf course next door where Tiger played as a kid. He credits Tiger's foundation for instilling in him the importance of respect.

JONATHON HOANG: It was, honestly, a lot of etiquette and respect. The first golf lesson I ever had there, though, they didn't even teach us golf. They taught us respect, etiquette for the game and then just for life.

TIGER WOODS: We, basically, want to have a life-changing impact.

JONATHON HOANG: It just speaks to how Tiger envisioned the center, he wanted how it to be-- you know, respect first before anything, before you learn anything or pick up a club.

STACEY BUTLER: It's the legacy Kenneth Bentley, with TGR Foundation, says Woods wants to be remembered for long after he puts down his clubs.

KENNETH BENTLEY: The impact he's had on the golf world is far greater than just all of the major championships he's won.

STACEY BUTLER: Even through COVID, the foundation here has been offering online classes. In-person learning is expected to resume in April. In Anaheim, Stacey Butler, KCAL 9 News.