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IMG Academy student-athlete Seiya Liu earns 2013 Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation Leadership Award

Seiya Liu (left) presents a $60,000 check, which he helped raise more than half of, to Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation

IMG Academy student-athlete Seiya Liu may be only 16-years old, but he is making a difference in children's lives through his charitable work. Liu has been the top fundraiser for the American Junior Golf Association's (AJGA) Playing Fore Their Future Program, which benefits the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Liu has raised more than $30,000 for the program since 2012.For his efforts, Liu was awarded the 2013 Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation Leadership Award (pictured, left). 

Liu’s dedication to raising funds for this cause comes from the heart. The Beverly Hills, Calif. native lost his beloved grandmother to pancreatic cancer, while his five-year old cousin was diagnosed with, and suffers from neuroblastoma, a malignant form of cancer that forms from nerve tissue.

Seiya enrolled at IMG Academy over the summer along with younger sister Mika, 14, who helped the United States win the Evian Cup Junior Championship this year. Their elder brother, Seiji, was a member of the IMG Academy Class of 2010. Seiji Liu was an HP Junior Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009, a member of the National Honor Society, class valedictorian and an Asia Youth Team Leader of Pacific Arts and Wellness Foundation. The eldest Liu signed with the Harvard University men’s golf program where he played out a highly successful collegiate career.

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