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    Mark Soltau

    The Tiger Woods Foundation and Target Stores are teaming up to help kids pursue their dream. A portion of the proceeds from the Target World Challenge, Dec. 4-8 at Sherwood County Club in Thousand Oaks, Ca., will be used for Start Something, an educational program for kids 8 to 17 to help them identify personal goals and qualify for up to $5,000 in scholarship funds.

    Thus far, more than 287,000 kids around the country have enrolled in the program. Participants must embrace the values, good behavior and positive attitude needed to achieve their goals. The program can be practiced in a group setting, such as a classroom or club, or individually.

    "Our focus on group participation allows us to reach a large number of children who can benefit from Start Something," said Laysha Ward, director of community relations for Target Corporation. "In a classroom or club setting, children will have the opportunity to share their interests, ideas and dreams with each other, and lay a foundation of trust and support."

    The program is divided into 10 sessions and each youngster can pursue at their own pace. Topics include: Thinking about who you are and what you like to do; Studying heroes and leaders and discovering what qualities they have that you can find in yourself; Design an action project that brings you closer to a goal; Work on communication skills; Share your project and celebrate your accomplishments.

    Since the program's debut in 2000, Target Stores has awarded more than $300,000 to Start Something scholarship winners.

    Start Something program materials are available to teachers and youth group leaders for use with groups of children, and individual kids can take part in the program on the internet through www.target.com. To register, visit any Target store, target.com, www.twfound.org, or call 1-800-316-6142.

    Established in 1996, the Tiger Woods Foundation empowers young people to reach their highest potential. Through junior golf clinics, motivational speeches, educational programs and charitable giving, the foundation has interacted with more than 100,000 kids throughout the country.

    The partnership between Target Stores and the Tiger Woods Foundation began in 1999 with Target House, a home for parents and families of children being treated for cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Target House includes 50 private apartment suites that are connected to several common areas, including the Tiger Woods Library.

    Next month, the Target House will open a major addition with 46 additional apartment suites, enabling St. Jude to meet 100 percent of its housing needs for patients requiring treatment of 90 days or more. The new addition replicates the original Target House and includes a Tiger Woods Pavilion, a location for outdoor community events.

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