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USF soccer player receives recognition for her humanitarian efforts to help underprivileged kids

Malani Lee was finalist for Wooden Citizenship Cup
Malani Lee USF
Posted at 4:05 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 07:10:26-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Malani Lee does not get a lot of sleep these days. Maybe three or four hours tops.

It is not because the USF soccer player is partying late into the night.

Instead, the 21-year-old junior in receiving national attention for packing her schedule to game-changing extremes.

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As well as being an athlete and a journalism student, Lee was a finalist for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup for the two foundations she created.

Kleatz 4 Kidz raises money and gathers supplies, including soccer equipment, for underprivileged kids. She hand-delivered some of the itemS to children in Haiti.

Building a Better You helps kids navigate the good and bad of social media.

“My father was always going on missions,” says Lee, about her philanthropic beginnings. “I wanted to start something on my own.”

The youngest of 12 children, Lee also fills in as an assistant gym coach at Tampa’s Adams Middle School.

Her motto is simple.

“You want to leave a positive impact on everyone you meet," says Lee.