For all of Tiger’s faults over the years, there have been just as many if not more examples of him being a genuine good guy.
The latest example comes from right here in Wilton Connecticut. A high school boy named Dillon has been struggling with a stuttering problem. He has gone through everything from being bullied and teased to a suicide attempt that left him with an injured leg. It’s the type of story you never want to here about young kids.
Dillon is also a huge Tiger Woods fan. Ron Sirak, A writer for Golf Digest, covered Dillon’s story in a piece about professional golfer and former stutterer Sophie Gustafson reaching out to help him. A little while after that story ran Dillon casually mentioned to Sophie while she was mentoring him that he was a huge fan of Tiger Woods. In what seemed like no time at all, Tiger caught wind of the story and immediately wrote Dillon this heartfelt letter about how he used to stutter as well.
Dillon responded to his friend Sophie about Tiger’s Letter:
“On Saturday, I got a letter from Tiger! He told me that he used to stutter too. We are going to frame the letter. We have never seen a golf tournament in person, only on TV. I told my mom that when my leg gets better (he fractured his leg in his suicide attempt) I think that would be a fun thing to do.”
“I hope that maybe one other person out there that is also having struggles, will hear my story and realize suicide is not the answer and maybe it can help them. I just acted on impulse and now wish that I hadn’t. I was just tired of feeling small and like I didn’t matter. I know that I do matter with the help of my family and friends like you to support me. So thank you and please thank Ron. You are a really great person.”
I absolutely LOVE this story. Just because someone messed up a few times in their own personal life like Tiger has doesn’t mean they don’t have a kind heart. We need more of this in the world.
Read the whole story of Sophie, Dillon, and Tiger HERE
via Golf Digest | Top image: PR Photos