23 years ago Wimbledon finalist ‘96 MaliVai Washington had a dream to introduce the sport of tennis to low income children in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida. Since then, that dream has expanded to provide after school and summer youth development programs to hundreds of Jacksonville youth each year.
Help us continue to dare to dream at the Champions for Children Gala, raising the critical funds needed to support and expand our current programs while building our new Teen Center: Club 904 - Where Teens Become Champions.
23rd Annual merrill lynch/bank of america
Champions for Children Gala
Thursday, October 17th
Florida Blue Conference Center
Presented by Florida Blue
6:00 p.m. Doors Open & Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program*
8:30 p.m. Coffee & Dessert Bar
*Including live & silent auction, annual video and youth testimonials
Tennis Pro - Am
Friday, October 18th
San Jose Country Club
Presented by Optimum Healthcare IT
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.**
** Includes light breakfast, lunch and a friendly round robin doubles format for all levels of play!
MWYF has been providing after school and summer youth development programs for more than two decades. Located in zip code 32209, MWYF is in the heart of one of the most violent, impoverished areas of the city.
Yet, the nearly 200 children who attend MWYF programs each day are thriving. In a zip code with the lowest high school graduation rate, highest teen pregnancy rate and highest juvenile crime rate, MWYF boasts a 100% on time graduation rate, 0 teen parents and only five students involved in the juvenile justice system in our 23 year history. More than $1.1 million in college scholarships have been awarded to our students to continue their education beyond high school.
This year, your support is more than critical than ever. We have begun construction on a new 13,000 SF state of the art Teen Center to add to our Durkeeville Campus, which also includes a 9200 SF youth center, 8 tennis courts, and 6 36' courts. Your support allows us to continue to serve the hundreds of youth who come through our doors each year while planning to nearly double that number once we open the Teen Center. We hope you will join us for the 23rd annual Champions for Children Gala.