Tiger Woods Sends A Powerful Letter To A Teen Bullied For His Stutter

Major props.

Tiger Woods, a 14-time major golf champion, used to struggle with his stutter.


So when he heard about Dillon, a high school boy bullied for the same reason, Woods decided to reach out with a very personal, beautiful letter. 

Prior to this, Sophie Gustafson, a professional golfer who also suffers from a severe stutter, decided to mentor Dillon when his mother sent an email saying he was nearly driven to suicide because of his bullies.

According to ESPN, the email to Gustafson said that Dillon was a fan of Woods.

And then this happened:

Woods writes:

Dear Dillon,

Someone told me that you like watching me play golf. I really appreciate that, and I also want to say how proud I am of you.

I know what it's like to be different and to sometimes not fit in. I also stuttered as a child and I would talk to my dog and he would sit there and listen until he fell asleep. I also took a class for two years to help me, and I finally learned to stop.

I was younger than most of the kids I competed against and often I was the only minority player in the field. But, I didn't let that stop me, and I think it even inspired me to work harder. 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.

Sincerely yours,
Tiger Woods

Reporter Ron Sirak shared Dillon's response to Woods on Golf Digest. Dillon's email reads: 

"I just want to fit in. I just want to find true friends who will accept me and not make fun of me when I talk... On Saturday, I got a letter from Tiger! He told me that he used to stutter too. We are going to frame the letter." 

But it doesn't stop there. 

In the email, Dillon adds that he hopes his story will encourage others to stay strong during their struggles. His mom tells Sirak that Dillon passed out copies of his story at his day treatment program to help other children. 

Kyle Porter, a golf writer and blogger for CBS Sports, says this is the most important thing Woods has done all year.

And we think that's pretty accurate.

Cover photo via Donna Lou Morgan, USN



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