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Working at one of the largest commercial real estate services in the world, it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day that our business demands. However, we at Cushman & Wakefield know it is important to give back to the community and continually make an effort to help those who are in need.

Every summer we organize an athletics-related charity event to raise money for a local organization in Los Angeles. This year we chose to host a charity basketball tournament with all proceeds benefitting the Unification of Disabled Latin Americans (UDLA), a local non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and helping them become productive members of society. UDLA is based in Koreatown and is widely regarded as of the most respected Latino organizations in Los Angeles.

We were put in contact with UDLA by Jimmy Chai, Associate Director at Cushman & Wakefield, who has volunteered for the organization for years. “UDLA has served the Los Angeles community for the past 40 years by bringing quality of life to disabled Latin Americans,” Jimmy said. “Our support will benefit their constituents directly by allowing them to hire physically-challenged individuals for community service and by providing them with food and services.”

Founder Ruben Hernandez was 23 years old when he received a gunshot wound to the head and lost his eyesight as a result. “Though it was tragic, this event became a blessing not just for myself but for many others to come,” he said. “It propelled me and became my inspiration to found UDLA.” Ruben’s efforts have aided in the rehabilitation of hundreds of disabled individuals and their families since 1974.

IMG_7834The 3-on-3 elimination tournament took place at USC’s Galen Center and over a dozen teams made up of Cushman & Wakefield brokerage professionals participated, as well as several teams of disabled players from UDLA. Friends and family came out to cheer on the players through four good-natured rounds of basketball. “For the disabled players, it didn’t take anything away from the game that they were handicapped,” said intern David Sesi. “Their philosophy was, “No legs, no problem. We can play just as well as anyone.”’

Ruben Hernandez was in attendance and awarded the trophy to winners Rich Grande, Erik Larson, and Michael Udell.

Thank you to everyone who supported this great cause. To learn more about UDLA, visit www.udlaus.org