Jarrett Payton Foundation

Mission Statement

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.

About Us

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 summer football camp The Jarrett Payton Academy, and the anti-bullying program Project: No Bull.


The two main programs of The Jarrett Payton Foundation are dedicated to spreading the sentiment Jarrett’s father repeated to him time and time again: “We are all more similar than we are all different.”

PROJECT: NO BULL is an in-school anti-bullying program featuring personal appearances from Jarrett Payton, strong messaging and influential projects, and a lasting impact that seeks to create and maintain safe environments for our youth.

Through PROJECT: NO BULL, all forms of bullying will be addressed, including cyber bullying. Drawing from the latest research, the majority of the program highlights the roll of bystanders, and encourages young people to speak out if and when they see bullying occur, online or in person.

THE JARRETT PAYTON LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (JPLA), Launched in 2012. JPLA is a three-day summer skills camp geared towards enrich lives and building confidence in young men (kids 3rd - 8th grade) through the game of football. Participants will leave the camp with a further education in specific football skills and knowledge, as well as leadership skills, wellness tips, strengthened relationships with peers, and more.


Support The Foundation

The Jarrett Payton Foundation is currently seeking corporate sponsors for both PROJECT: NO BULL and The Jarrett Payton Academy 2013. Sponsors will receive website, on-site, and media recognition, as well as incomparable branding opportunities and complimentary tickets to all JPF events (pending level of engagement).


If you would like to volunteer with JPF, please contact us for more information on how you can help.

Contact Information

Jarrett Payton Foundation
1701 Golf Road
Suite 3-700
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 922-3420

The Jarrett Payton Foundation is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the foundation are deductible under section 170 of the Code.

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