Golfer C.T. Pan was born in Taiwan and dreamed of competing on the PGA Tour. At the age of 15, Pan moved to the United States to attend the prestigious IMG Academy as he began his pursuit of a professional golf career.
“The first year and a half was rough,” Pan remembered. “I couldn’t speak the [English] language. I vividly remember that it took three months to form my first sentence. If I got a writing assignment, it took two hours for a single paragraph. I didn’t have a translator.”
Pan, who recently earned his first PGA Tour victory at the RBC Heritage tournament on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, now looks back with pride at that very challenging period in his life: “I worked so hard, every day, to grasp the concept of English. To take that jump to another country at a young age to chase a dream was a brave choice. And a choice that changed my life.”
ProEnglish also has reported on other superstar athletes who have learned English, included baseball players Mariano Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki and Yu Darvish, along with golfer Joaquin Niemann:
ProEnglish commends all of these superstar athletes for being shining examples of the important of learning English in order to succeed in this nation.