On Thursday, June 1, CRC CARES members participated in the JDRF Real Estate games at American University in Washington, DC. The members competed in games and activities of all kinds to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). With the help of CRC CARES and other participants, this year’s JDRF Real Estate Games raised a record-breaking $525,000 for Type 1 Diabetes research.
The team participated in a wide array of events with other real estate professionals from around the Washington, DC area. Traditional sporting events included volleyball, tennis, and swimming, where CARES member Oliver Lee took home second place in both of his individual races. Unconventional activities like the outdoor relay where competitors wore a Viking helmet and a poncho while dodging water balloons, or the bouncy ball relay where CARES members Casey Nolan and Eric Shullman truly put their skills to the test, rounded out the day’s events.
For its 28th year, a new installation at the event – a series of signs showing local children who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes – reminded participants why the JDRF games are so important.
Adam Singer and Rick Kimball founded the JDRF Real Estate Games in 1989 and hosted the first annual event in 1990. The inaugural event gained support from 23 real estate brokerage and development firms, 200 participants, and 38 volunteers to raise $28,000 for type 1 diabetes research. Twenty-eight years later, the event has grown exponentially with the support of over 130 companies, 2,500 participants, and 200 volunteers raising more than $500,000 annually. Since its establishment, the JDRF Real Estate Games has raised more than $6 million for type 1 diabetes research.