Golf Pro Tiger Woods wrote an encouraging note to a high school student struggling with a stutter.
The 14-time majors champion also stuttered in his youth. “I know what it’s like to be different and to sometimes not fit in,” Woods wrote in the letter. “I also stuttered as a child… I took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop.”
The boy –only identified as Dillon– heard from Woods after his mother reached out to Swedish golfer Sophie Gustafson, who has a severe stuttering problem. Golf Digest reported that Dillon’s mom told Gustafson her son had tried out for the football team, but quit because of the constant teasing.
Woods also told Dillon about other trials, like being the only minority in his sport.
“But I didn’t let that stop me, and I think it even inspired me to work harder,” he wrote.“I know you can do that too. You have a great family, and big fans like me on your side. Be well and keep fighting. I’m certain you’ll be great at anything you do.”
Thanks to Woods’ letter to Dillon, Gustafson tweeted, “He got so happy! It’s being framed and hanged.”
(READ more at ESPN) – Photo of letter via Golf Digest
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