May 28, 2024

Empowering dreams: Tiger Jam highlights alumni stories

For more than two decades, Tiger Jam has provided guests with the ultimate Vegas experience and stands as the longest-running fundraising event that supports TGR Foundation. During the 2024 Tiger Jam, alumni Karina Ramirez and Brandon Layman will share their stories of resilience in the face of adversity and how TGR Foundation helped them to chase after their dreams.


KARINA RAMIREZ A Southern California native and Earl Woods Scholar alumna, Karina Ramirez has exemplified the transformative power of education and mentorship. A first-generation graduate from Claremont McKenna College in 2022 with a double major in economics and psychology, Karina seized numerous opportunities to broaden her horizons, including a study abroad program in Prague and participation as a Sage Corps Fellow in a global entrepreneurship program. Her fellowship facilitated experiences at tech startups, including a program in Australia. Throughout her academic journey, Karina completed five internships, notably with TGR Foundation, and served as a student mentor in Claremont McKenna’s first-generation club. Additionally, she worked in the admissions office, aiding students and families in navigating higher education. After beginning her career in talent acquisition in New York, Karina now channels her expertise into marketing at her alma mater. Her dedication to education and mentorship continues to inspire, especially within her family. Her youngest brother, Pedro, also graduated from the California State University, Long Beach class of 2024 with support from the Earl Woods Scholar Program. Hear Karina share her story and the enduring positive impact of TGR Foundation.


Relocating from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brandon Layman found his true calling in Southern California as a student at the Orange County School of the Arts, graduating in 2018. An alumnus of the TGR Learning Lab and Cypress High School, Brandon discovered his passion for storytelling through the supportive and innovative environment at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim. There, he took several courses that equipped him with the software skills and knowledge essential to his current career. Today, Brandon is a small business owner offering freelance photography and filmmaking services. Grateful for the opportunities and mentorship he received, Brandon plans to give back by volunteering at the TGR Learning Lab, helping to inspire and guide the next generation of storytellers. Watch Brandon visit the TGR Learning Lab and speak on his passions in the place where it all began.


With gratitude for the opportunities and mentorship they received, both Karina and Brandon continue to share the profound impact of TGR Foundation.

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