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Tennis Great Washington Visits PVB Campus
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Legendary professional tennis player MaliVai Washington, founder of the Jacksonville-based MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, made a special appearance on the Bolles Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus November 12 to personally thank students for supporting a food drive benefiting his organization.

Students have been collecting and donating non-perishable goods for the organization this fall. The foundation maintains a food bank to support the families it serves, many of whom live at or below the poverty line and often experience a financial strain during the holidays.

Washington shared words of gratitude and encouragement during his visit to the campus flag gathering. Students’ food collection was on full display around him. Washington is an example to students of the importance of giving back to the community.

Washington began playing tennis at the age of five and won his first title at eight years old. He attended the University of Michigan, becoming a two-time All American and finished his sophomore year ranked as the NCAA #1 tennis player in the nation. In 1996, he became the first African American man to reach a grand slam singles final since Arthur Ashe when he played in the Wimbledon finals. That same year he created the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation.