The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation promotes academic achievement and positive life skills in Jacksonville youth through the game of tennis. We use tennis to engage kids in an active and fun recreation program, but what we offer is so much more than sports.
By correlating success on the court with success in life, we foster leadership, sportsmanship, self-esteem, confidence, discipline, accountability and the value of hard work, teamwork and individual effort.
The mission of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities. The MaliVai Washington Youth Center at Emmett Reed Park is a $3 million facility complete with 8 tennis courts, 3 mini courts, a basketball court, library, classrooms, teen room, multi-media center, fitness room, kitchen, as well as MWKF administrative offices. MWKF launched its flagship program, TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) in 2000. Today, TnT’s attendance has grown to nearly 150 youth. TnT is an after-school youth development program which offers free homework assistance, tennis lessons, and life skills classes to Jacksonville’s underserved youth. MWKF also offers competitive tennis programs, a summer camp and community partnerships and programs through the MaliVai Washington Youth Center.