About the Foundation

Trae with his father, Rayford, and mother, Candice.

FOUNDED IN 2019, the Trae Young Family Foundation was formed with the goal of continuing education for mental health issues. Through education, advocacy, and community support, we aim to create a culture that prioritizes mental wellness for athletes at all levels. We believe that by providing individuals with the tools and resources to manage their mental health, we can create a more resilient and compassionate society.

Called to Serve

The origin of the Trae Young Family Foundation can be found in Trae’s youth in Oklahoma.

When the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, none of the team’s stars—Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or James Harden—were from the state. But that didn’t stop them from contributing in hugely significant ways to the local community.

That was not lost on Trae. As explained in an in-depth feature piece in The Athletic:

Growing up in Norman, Okla., he and his father had season tickets for the Oklahoma City Thunder games from the moment the NBA arrived in Oklahoma City…When Young dreamed about playing in the NBA one day as he watched Thunder games from Section 119, Row R, he also visualized the lives he wanted to touch when he was in the position he’s in now. “Those were the guys who I looked up to on the court but off of it, too,” Young said. “It’s a big reason why I do a lot of stuff off the court, too.”