Goal Oriented: Chris Paul and CP3

Welcome to Goal Oriented, a new feature from JET shining a light on athletes who exhibit excellence outside of the game by contributing to their communities and championing for a cause.  Our inaugural subject, basketball standout Chris Paul, shares about his CP3 foundation and lets you know how you can help him support children and teens all over the country.

Athlete: Chris Paul

Position and Team: Point Guard for the Los Angeles Clippers

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 Charity: CP3 Foundation

 Founded in:  2005

How it came about: Chris Paul and his family established the CP3 foundation nine years ago, partnering with The Winston-Salem Foundation, a 95-year old organization that supports local charities while enriching their area with scholarships and grant money.  The CP3 Foundation, which honors Paul’s late grandfather, has grown in leaps and bounds, now allowing Paul and his family to contribute to other notable causes including “Feed The Children,” “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” “The Boys & Girls Club” and “Habitat for Humanity.”

One of the foundation’s largest initiatives includes The Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship fund was created to honor the memory of Paul’s grandfather and allows Forsyth County students to attend Wake Forest University.

When asked what his grandfather would think of the foundation today, Paul responded, “I think he would be very proud because we have done so many programs that have focused on helping young people. He was a big believer in education and always reinforced that to my brother, CJ, and I. I know that he would be most proud of the fact that these have not only been inspired by him, but that we have done this as a family.”

What type of programs the organization offers: In addition to their numerous partnerships across the country, the CP3 Foundation champions an afterschool program in New Orleans.  The “CP3 AfterSchool Zone” program boasts a one million-dollar partnership with Chase and aims to enrich the afterschool environment for Central City youth.  The annual “CP3K Walk for Kids” tackles the problem of obesity among children.

Other programs the foundation are involved with include the “Jada Paul Prom Dress Giveaway,” a program created by Chris Paul’s wife. The special event is aimed at stressing the importance of education, self-esteem and living a healthy life style while also imparting fashion tips for high-schoolers.

 Biggest achievement so far: The memory of Paul’s grandfather lives on through the foundation, so it is no surprise that Chris Paul considers the foundation’s proudest moment to be the completion of The Nathaniel Jones Scholarship Fund.

Paul remarked, “The proudest moment was in March of 2013 when I was able to pay off the endowment for the scholarships at Wake Forest in my grandfather’s name. The Nathaniel Jones Student Scholarship is awarded to two students each year. One is an academic scholarship and the other is an athletic scholarship to support students from my alma mater, West Forsyth High School.” Paul’s work has also garnered him two NBA Community Assist Awards.   The award is presented annually to an NBA player that consistently shows passion for philanthropy and community service.

 Get involved: Paul, who is heavily invested in every aspect of the foundation, relishes the opportunity to get more people involved. “People can go to the website and get updates on our activities. They can, of course, make donations, and earmark them for specific activities in which we are involved. They can also register to receive our newsletter. And even more important, we hope it will inspire them to become involved in programs in their own communities. Our young people need us all doing what we can to give them opportunities for a bright future,” said Paul.

 Next Up: The CP3 Foundation will be hosting the “Celebrity Server Dinner” this Sunday, Oct. 26 in Beverly Hills.  Guests of the foundation include Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Frazier, Jerry Ferrara, Matt Kemp and two of Chris Paul’s Clipper teammates, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Paul is excited for one of the biggest events the CP3 Foundation has ever hosted.

“We wanted to do something that was fun, as this is only our second fundraiser since I came to Los Angeles. I also wanted to honor two organizations which are in line with our objectives, to enhance and promote education, health, sports and social responsibility for young people and their families. LA’s BEST is an after school enrichment program that has served the Los Angeles community for 26 years and Leaps n Boundz is an adaptive recreation program for children with special needs,” said Paul.