Jayson Tatum grew up in a single-mother household, so he knows the difficulty that that large portion of the population faces. That’s why the former Duke star is looking to help out.
Tatum is a projected lottery pick, expected to go high in the draft. That means the 19-year-old will be seeing a big payday soon. But rather than spend it all in one place, Tatum is looking to help out the community in a big way.
He told USA TODAY Sports that he is planning on creating The Single Mothers Program, an organization to support families like his own.
Jayson Tatum wants to start his own organization called "The Single Mothers Program" after he's drafted. pic.twitter.com/33fjDZG74z
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With so many stereotypes as to how professional athletes use their money and many of them managing it poorly after retirement, it’s really refreshing to see Tatum’s plan to help the community with his own funds. It’s a really mature outlook and one that will benefit many people thanks to his generosity.
The 2017 NBA Draft is on June 22, meaning Tatum is inching closer to achieving both of his goals.