Jarrett Payton is a radio host, philanthropist, entrepreneur, public speaker, retired professional football player, and proud son of the late, great Walter Payton. Since he first became known for giving an emotional and heartfelt speech at his father’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1993, Payton has achieved great success in his own right. No achievement, however, is more special to him than the creation of his own charitable foundation, The Jarrett Payton Foundation.
Payton learned from his mother and father at a young age that being fortunate enough to give back to one’s community is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. The basis for Jarrett’s foundation, in fact, is rooted in another great lesson his parents taught him that no one of us is any better than the next. We are more similar than we are different. The Jarrett Payton Foundation strives to positively influence young people in and around Chicago through two core programs: the youth football camp The Jarrett Payton Leadership Academy, and the anti-bullying program PROJECT: NO BULL. Both programs are continually expanding.
The Jarrett Payton Foundation is committed to positively impacting the lives of children and adolescents physically, emotionally, and psychologically by creating and providing programs that present them with a wide variety of opportunities specifically designed to develop their leadership skills and enrich their lives.