Valiant Service Award Honoree - Tywan Anthony

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Tywan Anthony is a dynamic young professional with great community leadership and real estate management experience. Currently he works as Senior Real Estate Asset Manager for Centrock Corp., a real estate development, management, and investment firm. He manages a portfolio of income producing properties that holds a market value of over $150 million. Prior to being at Centrock, Tywan was a property manager at Shinda Management, where he managed a large portfolio of affordable housing in Brooklyn. In addition, Mr. Anthony has also worked as a Financial Counselor for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza where he helped the residents of Bed-Stuy overcome financial hardships. While at Restoration, Tywan helped his clients achieve great goals; he was able to eliminate over $1 million in debt, help families save nearly $20,000, raised credit scores for over 299 clients, and counseled many people out of eviction and foreclosure. During his time there, he was selected by the United Nations to sit on an international panel to discuss financial inclusion efforts concerning citizens in foreign nations.

Within the community, Tywan sits on Brooklyn’s Community Board 3 serving on the economic development committee, is a board member for the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corp., member of 500 Men making A Difference, member of Bed-Stuy’s political club VIDA, and is the current chairperson of the Economic Empowerment Committee for the NAACP Brooklyn Branch. He has also served as a board member for Grow Brooklyn, the nonprofit affiliate for Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and Stuy Park Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing multifamily building located in Crown Heights. Politically, Tywan has worked on campaigns for various elected officials in his neighborhood. He has also served as the Small Business Liaison to Robert Cornegy Jr., the standing councilman for Bedford Stuyvesant’s 36th district.

Tywan Anthony is also the founder of the Bedford Stuyvesant Crusaders, a nonprofit semi-pro football team located in the heart of his hometown, Bed-Stuy. Since starting this organization, the Crusaders have had over 200 young men on its roster. The main focus of the organization is to take disenfranchised young men and turn them into educated and productive members of society through the game of football. Most of the players on the team are from local housing developments and areas with limited access to needed resources. Most notably, the teams’ running back from last year is now attending a small school in Kansas pursuing a degree in Sports Management while playing football. More recently the Crusaders have formed partnerships with several city agencies to help increase mentorship, education efforts, and build teamwork skills for the young men between the ages of 18-26.

As a college and professional athlete himself, Tywan strives to instill discipline, hard work, and self-respect within each and every player. Besides being the founder, Tywan is the team’s starting outside linebacker as he believes in the mantra of leading by example.

When Tywan is not working you can find him on the football field helping the young men in his neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, where he currently resides.

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