Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford
(born March 24, 1983) is an American retired professional basketball player. Having been awarded numerous top basketball accolades in high school
, Ford entered the 2003 NBA draft
and was selected eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks
. Ford’s recurring back injuries resulted in him missing many games in his three seasons with the Bucks, but in 2005, it was announced that he was fit to play basketball again. Ford was traded to the Raptors prior to the 2006–07 NBA season
, and established himself as the starting point guard, helping the team win the Atlantic Division
crown and reach the 2007 NBA Playoffs
. Following an injury sustained in the 2007–08 NBA season
, however, Ford had difficulties reclaiming the starting spot and was traded to the Indiana Pacers
. He signed with KK Zagreb
of Croatia during the 2011 NBA lockout
where he appeared in one game, playing 17 minutes and scoring 7 points. On December 9, 2011, Ford signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs
Off the court, Ford set up the T. J. Ford Foundation in 2004 to help participants achieve their academic, personal and civil goals.
About The TJ Ford Basketball Academy:
The TJ Ford Basketball Academy is a premier youth basketball program for boys in the Greater Houston Area. The program provides a platform for student-athletes who are committed to honing their basketball skills, striving for academic success, and developing the attributes of quality young adults.
About Project Beautiful Me:
Project Beautiful Me empower girls by building self-esteem and teaching life skills through mentorship, college tours, and the ‘Prom Initiative.’ which is designed to provide character building workshops, encourage higher education, and provide disadvantaged girls with prom dresses and makeovers.