IRVINE, January 16- Tiger Woods plans to help with relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti, the president of the Tiger Woods Foundation said Friday.Greg McLaughlin said the foundation staff was evaluating "the most appropriate role" to help the Haitian people.
"Our plan is be part of the relief effort to help rebuild Haiti by supporting organizations that provide critical resources to young people, which is consistent with our mission and previous efforts regarding Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami," McLaughlin said in a statement.
McLaughlin said he had not received any information from rap mogul Russell Simmons, who has said on Twitter that Woods is providing three million dollars to help with the recovery.
Woods has not been seen in public since a November 27 car accident that touched off a media frenzy over marital infidelity.
He said in December he would take an indefinite break from golf to address issues in his personal life.
Woods established the foundation when he turned professional in 1996. It focuses on providing educational resources and opportunities to disadvantaged youth.
Woods’ foundation gave 100,000 dollars to tsunami relief efforts in 2004 through Give2Asia, with the money directed toward two groups providing sanctuary and relief to children.
It also gave the Baton Rouge Area Foundation 200,000 dollars to set up a Hurricane Katrina educational fund.