The mission of The Jayson Tatum Foundation (the “Foundation”) is to positively impact and inspire children, teens and their families through education, athletics and other individual and family building initiatives, and to encourage them to strive to fulfill their personal dreams and aspirations. As a part of this mission, we will work to equip children and teens with tools that will empower them to be the positive change they need to see in their communities.
Jayson attended Central Christian School in Clayton, Missouri for his elementary education and Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri for high school. Jayson then attended Duke University in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina - a highlight of his career being when the Blue Devils won the ACC conference championship in a grueling four game tournament.
Jayson was drafted third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. In his inaugural year in the NBA, Jayson started every game he played in and was pivotal in the Celtics 2018 post-season playoff run in a series that went to 7 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the Celtics 2018-2019 season, Jayson continued as an integral part of the team's run for the Eastern Conference Championship.
Jayson's love for his hometown has been a major part of his life as both a volunteer with various organizations and, now, through his foundation.
Jayson gives all the glory to God for his skills, talent and the platform he has been blessed to have through playing basketball. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
2012 - 2016
Gatorade National Athlete of the Year (June 2016)
Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year (March 2016)
Gatorade Missouri State Basketball Player of the Year (2014, 2015 & 2016)
McDonald's All-American (2016)
Missouri Class 5 State Champions (2016)
Missouri Class 5 Player of the Year (2014, 2015 & 2016)
2016 - 2017
Wooden Award - Preseason Selection
ACC All-Freshman Team
All-ACC Third Team
All-ACC Tournament First Team
Drafted Third in 2017 NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics
2017 - 2019
December 2017 Rookie of the Month
2018 All-NBA Rookie Selection
2018 All-Star Weekend Rising Star Game Participant
Boston Celtics Advanced to the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals
2019 All-Star Weekend Rising Star Game Participant
2019 All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge Winner