Thursday, April 18, 2024

Beating The Odds

Beating The Odds

Tiger Woods’ latest setback illuminates the story of a legendary athlete who’s mastered the art of the comeback.

Tiger Woods is one of the most iconic athletes in American history. He’s experienced some of life’s steepest challenges on the golf course and off — and has always found a way to be triumphant. 

Woods has been able to return to a stalled golf career that once saw him become the youngest player and first African-American to win the Masters. Woods won another 13 majors and was named PGA Player of the Year 10 times over the next 12 years — but struggled to regain his top form after well-documented personal problems in 2009. With his victory at the 2019 Masters, Woods claimed his first major title in more than a decade. 

The world was rocked in February by reports that Woods was in a terrible car accident in Southern California, as his car flipped several times and he sustained multiple leg injuries. 

Like many Black trailblazers who broke the glass ceiling of discrimination in sports, Woods has transcended the game of golf. African-American heroes in sports, business, entertainment, government and education have all contributed to enhancing and stimulating the “Black aesthetic” — defined by many as Black achievement, excellence, and pride that African-Americans can aspire to and that inspires Black people throughout the world. Woods has done exactly that: his success has motivated African-Americans of all ages to explore and win at the game of golf. 

Now, Woods is beginning another journey to heal after a tragic accident that nearly claimed his life. But he will rise with the help of great doctors, a loving family and God’s grace. Many of Woods’ celebrity friends sent well wishes upon hearing about his car accident, and Las Vegas Black Image Magazine is honored to share some of those thoughts.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Prayers up for the GOAT Tiger Woods who was in an accident this morning. Was just with him yesterday. Don’t take not even a MOMENT for granted! I know you’re good because your Tiger within is a beast!!!

Isaiah Thomas

Prayers up Tiger Woods 

Stephen Curry

Heal up quickly Tiger Woods! Praying for you and your family. God is in control always. Stay strong.

Janet Jackson

Sending thoughts and prayers to you Tiger.

President Barack Obama

Sending my prayers to Tiger Woods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.

Serena Williams

Love you big brother … but We will get through this Tiger Woods.

Earvin Magic Johnson

Everyone send your prayers out to Tiger Woods! He was just in a bad car accident. Let us all pray for his speedy recovery.

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