Meet Jaylon Harrell, a Benjamin Franklin Terry High School Junior guard, and first team all-district basketball player of Rosenberg, Texas. He is the second of five children and is being raised by his single mother. His mother has been his biggest supporter as well as his leading life coach, providing him with love, honesty, and continuous words of encouragement on and off the court. Recently Jaylon received a certificate of recognition for state selection from an international entity Down Under Sports from his school coach. Enclosed in that letter was and invitation to represent Texas on the Central Conference Boys Basketball Team hosted in Australia. He and his mother was overjoyed upon receiving this invitation to represent our Lone Star State. He has also received other invitations to participate at various Spring and Summer basketball competitions, camps, tournaments, as well as this being his final year of AAU basketball. These opportunities will provide national exposure and increase his chances of obtaining a scholarship in order to fulfill his dream of attending college.
However, his participation in any of the invitational competitions, camps and tournaments is all at risk due to his mother’s recent unemployment status. At this time, she is only able to provide the immediate essentials for her family. She is currently unable to pay for any AAU registration or competition/conference fees, airfare, lodging, and any other expenses associated with these upcoming once in a lifetime opportunities.
Jaylon a great kid, good student, a respectful young man, a helpful brother, thoughtful member of his community, and an all-around athlete with aspiring dreams to be the best at everything. He began his sports journey in the 3rd grade with football. He transitioned to basketball after his older brother gave him his basketball and taught him most of what he knows. From the crowd Jaylon cheered his brother on and was inspired by him as he stood on the sidelines. He began his basketball journey in the 5th grade and quickly excelled which gave him his first championship ever. He led his team to a victorious win and has loved the game since that day. It has been one of the biggest influences in his life along with his brother’s knowledge, many coaches and his valued teammates. Jaylon has frequently featured in the local papers as a leading member of his team, is not just skilled at playing basketball but was born to play.
To Jaylon and his family, basketball represents more than just a game. It represents an opportunity for a brighter future. His mother works single-handedly to raise and support all five of her children. All financial and emotional support comes from his mother and grandmother. His mother has encouraged and provided a way for her children to maintain involvement in positive activities to prevent them from falling into the trap of crime and violence. As a family they have all they need in terms of love and support from one another.
It is our hope that donations of any amount, to help this young guard and aspiring college student achieve his dreams. No donation is too small if it comes from the heart. Please, give what you can to help #GuardJaylonsFuture so that he will have a chance at a successful future.