Ray Jackson, an Austin native, is a youth advocate, community leader and staff member at his alma mater, Lyndon B. Johnson High School.
Jackson made college basketball history as one of the "Fab Five", a group of basketball phenoms that made history playing for the University of Michigan. After his basketball career ended he returned to his hometown and began working in corporate America. In 2005, he founded Rising Stars Academic and Athletic program—a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching youth life skills while keeping them engaged through basketball. Since its inception, over 30 "Rising Stars" have gone on to play collegiate basketball. In 2011, Jackson served as an Executive Producer of the ESPN Films documentary, "The Fab Five."
More recently, Ray Jackson has served as a keynote speaker at the University of Michigan, Prairie View A&M University and the University of Texas and is currently building his newest venture, the 5th Wheel Agency--an organization that leverages sports to improve life outcomes for young people, their families and their communities through partnerships with schools and other community-based organizations nationwide.
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