JDRF Real Estate Games  

Since 1983, Savills Studley and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, have maintained a close, collaborative partnership in support of finding a cure for T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease striking both children and adults, creating a lifelong dependence on administered insulin. Each day in the United States, approximately 40 children are diagnosed with T1D. Currently there are more than 1.5 million people in the US with the disease.

In 1989, Executive Managing Director Adam Singer, who was diagnosed with T1D at age 18, founded the JDRF Real Estate Games in Washington, DC as an annual day-long, Olympics-style event. An event in which brokerage, design, construction, engineering and development firms in the region compete to raise funds for diabetes research.

Throughout the year, Savills Studley executives and staff volunteer hundreds of hours to actively prepare for the JDRF Real Estate Games. Efforts include planning the event’s logistics, enlisting fellow employees and professional peers as competitors or event facilitators and recruiting donors within the real estate community.

From 23 companies and 200 participants at the first event, it has grown steadily to become our industry’s most popular and participated fundraiser. It now includes more than 130 companies and 2,500 participants across the DC region competing in many sports including basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming and track events.

Since JDRF began, the continuing partnership between Savills Studley and JDRF has raised a sizable $7.5 million. In 2016, Adam and the Savills Studley team expanded the event to New York City. Additionally, there are plans for the Savills Studley offices in Chicago and Los Angeles to establish events in their regions.

Adam continues to serve as a member of the Chancellors’ Council of the International Board of Directors of JDRF and is often a spokesperson on major issues facing the diabetes community.