Mason Students Support Real Estate Games

One of the largest real estate-related events in the Washington, DC area, the 30th annual JDRF Real Estate Games, was held at the campus of American University last June 6. The JDRF Real Estate Games is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Washington, DC area real estate community to benefit the JDRF Capital Chapter. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research, currently sponsoring $450 million in charitable research in 17 countries.

The Games drew a record of 3,000 real estate professionals to compete in sports such as swimming, tennis, track, wrestling and basketball and in games such as foosball, obstacle course, tug-of-war, and chair hockey. The event raised over $700,000 for Type 1 diabetes research, surpassing last year’s record of $528,000.

Students and alumni of the George Mason Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) program were out in force to support and participate in the Games.  The picture above shows some of the MRED students who volunteered to help run the event or competed for their companies.  From left to right are Tarek Kalash (events volunteer), Charlie Smiroldo (co-head of the Games organizing committee), and Lamont Murray (participating with his firm, Washington REIT). The MRED program was also an exhibiting table sponsor of the 2019 Real Estate Games.

This year marks a milestone of 30 years since Adam Singer, a managing director for real estate firm Savills Studley in D.C. and Virginia, founded the JDRF Real Estate Games. Singer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 18 and has served on the foundation’s International Board of Chancellors and as past chairman of the local JDRF chapter.  The Real Estate Games have proven to be a big success, and has spread with the real estate communities in New York and Chicago holding their own Real Estate Games in recent years.


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