After being drafted in the 6th Round by the Chicago Bears in 2011, JT3 understood his platform in the NFL and began providing opportunities to assist those in need. He would first make headlines returning to his college town of Morgantown, West Virginia to accompany Joselyn Levell, an 8th grade student with Spina Bifida, to her school dance. JT3’s younger brother Jared Thomas, then a classmate of Levell, was diagnosed with autism at the early age of 3 and played a major role in his initial philanthropic efforts.
In 2012, he would go on to form a non-profit organization to facilitate his contributions off the field in The JT Thomas Foundation. Upon the inception of his foundation, the first project taken on was to increase the awareness of adolescent Epilepsy. JT3 made public headlines once again surprising 14-year-old Anthony Grandberry, who suffered with epilepsy, with a ticket and a trip to Super Bowl XLVI after completing a 1,395 Mile road trip from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Chicago, IL supporting the fight against the neurological disorder.
JT3’s 5th and most transformational year as a professional also gave birth to the anchor of JTTF’s programs and events schedule in, JT3’s Legends Youth Football Camp. Covering the fundamentals of safe play and providing a unique positive football experience are the overarching goals and purpose for its existence.
Currently JT3 and JTTF are laying the foundation for perpetual giving, building a board to maximize efforts, and redeveloping underserved communities in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, FL. His aspirational goals in philanthropy include building platform for affordable private education and finding a cure for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).