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MaliVai Washington awarded for community service – 104.5 WOKV

Jacksonville, Florida – Jacksonville Beach realtor and tennis star MaliVai Washington has been selected as one of five winners of the National Association of Realtors’ Good Neighbor Award.

He has been recognized for his work with the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization he founded in 1996 to provide after-school mentorship and tennis lessons to Durkeeville-area children.

Washington is the Broker/Owner of Diamond Life Realty.

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A press release from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors touted Washington’s accomplishments.

During his tennis career, he was once ranked 11th in the world, competed in the Olympics and finished second at Wimbledon.

He got his real estate license in 1996, while still touring professionally.

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During a brief hiatus due to injury, he established his non-profit organization, the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation (MWYF).

Over the past 26 years, MWYF has expanded to include a youth center and an adolescent center, which serve 500 children each year through a comprehensive program of academic tutoring, leadership skills, financial training and training. teaching tennis. The foundation’s program boasts a 100% graduation rate in a neighborhood where the dropout rate is 20%.

As the winner of the Good Neighbor Award, her nonprofit organization will receive $10,000.

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