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Tiger Woods: pen pal to deployed MacDill member

by 2nd Lt. Erin Dorrance
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Finishing first three times this year on the PGA tour while ranking fourth on the money list, you hardly ever see Tiger Woods without a golf club in his hand. Recently though, Tiger may also have been seen with a laptop, as he participates in the Jocks to GIs Direct, run by ESPN.com.

Jocks to GIs Direct is a program that matches professional athletes with deployed troops in an email dialogue, posted on ESPN.com. Capt. Eric Demmitt, a logistician from MacDill deployed to Central Command's area of responsibility, happened to be the lucky person to correspond with Tiger.

"It is really cool having Tiger Woods as a pen pal," said Captain Demmitt. "Coincidentally, Tiger and I both went to college at Stanford during the same time frame. I didn't know him personally, but we had a few mutual friends."

Tiger found out about the program through his relationship with Disney. "I thought it was a great program and it did not take me long to say that I would participate," said Woods.

Receiving emails from one of golf's greatest while deployed has helped raise Captain Demmitt's morale.

"I have really enjoyed learning about his busy life," said Captain Demmitt. "On the flip side, I have been able to answer some of his questions and educate him on deployed military life."

Woods' emails to Captain Demmitt were full of words of encouragement to the troops fighting the war.

"I strongly support all of our troops and my thoughts and prayers have been with them and their family from the outset," said Woods. "I'm extremely happy to have been able to be a part of this program to help the morale of the troops."




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