Jayson Williams
Former NBA Basketball Player, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker


As a college and professional athlete, Jayson Williams played nine years in the NBA, playing for both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets. During this term, Jayson was elected team captain, elected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, was a perennial member of the NBA All-Interview team and worked closely with team ownership to develop towns in the surrounding areas. During his college years at St. John’s University, he was honored as the Most Valuable Player in the National Invitational Tournament. Jayson’s work with the university on and off the court was recognized by Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca when he stated, “Jayson Williams is one of my favorites and has always been a very special person to me.”

 

Jayson is a best-selling author, having written and published two books. He worked with NBC as a half-time and post-game analyst and also had a studio show there following his retirement from the NBA. He made guest appearances on the David Letterman show and the Oprah Winfrey show.

 

Today, Jayson is best known for his charity work focused on improving the lives of underprivileged youth in the inner cities. He has formed the Jayson Williams Foundation and, in addition to his annual Golf fund raiser he has developed programs to improve self-discipline and self-esteem of youths through his “learn to fly a plane program” and the “All for One” mentoring program.

 

He is a charitable contributor and has donated millions of dollars to charity as well as a donation to St. John’s University to assist underprivileged high school graduates in attending the University. He has given over a thousand presentations to youth groups, organizations, schools, camps, churches and corporations where he focuses on motivating and educating others through his own life story. He has made over 200 presentations in the year 2013 and continues to be in demand as a well-recognized speaker.

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CrashingA Memoir
St. Martin's Press

A memoir of a killing, prison, and redemption by the former NBA star, Jayson Williams, Crashing is a gritty, powerful memoir of a basketball player breaking bad, taking responsibility, and changing his life.


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Loose BallsEasy Money, Hard Fouls, Cheap Laughs, and True Love in the NBA
Broadway

Williams recounts his years in the NBA, provides inside details about the league, and recounts his early days as a “young man with a lot of money and not a lot of sense.”


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HumbledLetters from Prison
Xulon Press

Shocking revelations, surprising connections, shameful secrets, and scars that only God can heal-Jayson holds nothing back as he writes about his journey to faith on both sides of the barbed-wire fences.

Empowering Lives with Jayson Williams Williams draws upon parts of his own challenging life story in order to motivate and educate audiences. He focuses on the themes of redemption, faith, and humility and highlights the role that they had in helping him come to terms with his mistakes and dedicate his life to serving others through charity.

Faith and Recovery Williams speaks about faith and the role that it played in his personal life recovery. He draws on letters he wrote while in prison and tells about how he got over his heavy drinking as a young man and gave his life to serving others.



Praise for Williams's book, Loose Balls:

"The book's thematic structure, showing that Williams has reformed himself from his wild early days, mixes up old, sometimes violent, escapades with recent good works, such as visiting sick children in hospitals.His accounts of the brutal prejudice he and his family encountered in South Carolina will shock many of his fans, while his descriptions of the intensive loyalty he feels toward his college buddies reveal a more appealing side of his character."
-Publisher's Weekly

"Williams's candor and charm are apparent throughout the book, as is his love of basketball."
-Amazon.com