Tiger Woods meets with Stoneman Douglas High student at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) —
Exactly one week ago today Kevin Shanahan’s life completely changed.
“I wear the shirt as a tribute to the 17 lives that have been taken,” he said.
The 10th grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has volunteered at the Honda Classic for several years now.
On Wednesday, the caddie for Tiger Woods got wind that Shanahan is a student there. Moments later, the golf great called him over during warm ups at the driving range, and what may have been a minor exchange in his mind, meant the world to Kevin.
“It was really a majority of me thanking him because I thought, ‘oh my God I’m getting this signed by Tiger Woods,’ but it really felt like he talked from the heart,” Shanahan said. “It didn’t feel scripted, it felt like it really came from him being sincere and saying, ‘I’m really sorry that you’re going through this,’ and it made me feel awesome!”
Last year’s Honda Classic winner Rickie Fowler also stopped for a photo with the teen.
“All of the players here are with Stoneman and it makes me happy to be a student and be acknowledged here,” Shanahan said.
As Kevin finds comfort at the Classic, he applauds his fellow classmates who are calling for change at the capitol.
“A lot of my friends are protesting in Washington D.C. right now, and I see them on TV and it’s like we have changed from these high schoolers living our daily lives to revolutionaries, starting this whole entire movement.”
Kevin says he’s hopeful that this will be the movement that will finally make a change so that no other students or teachers have to go through this nightmare.