It was a Friday afternoon, and the roomful of ninth graders at Cesar Chavez Charter School on Capitol Hill didn't really want to be in yet another school assembly.
But things changed when everyone realized it was golfing great Tiger Woods -- the rumors were true! -- walked into the auditorium.
Woods and his nonprofit foundation were there to announcing that Woods is establishing two Tiger Woods Learning Centers on the Chavez campus, as well as in Parklawn east of the Anacostia River.
Woods -- whose personal problems didn't come up -- said that his foundation wants to help students prepare for higher education and for successful adult lives. He told stories about how professional golf players lose more often than they win, but the point is that even if you fall short, the right thing to do is try again.
The new school programs will offer state-of-the-art computer resources and academic sessions during and after school, as well as on weekends. The program also will be offered to other students in the city system.
Principal Daneen Keaton said the Friday afternoon assembly turned out to be a motivating factor for the students. "We push them pretty hard," she said.
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