We, the people of the J.D. White P.L.A.Y. Foundation, see a greater future for the youth of America. Providing an effective Mentoring Program, as well as a variety of Youth Empowerment Programs, we will effectively position the youth of today to be the leaders of tomorrow.  By providing them with the necessary tools to be successful in life we will ensure the youth a bright future, teaching them how to win at life.


Our Purpose

​The J.D. White P.L.A.Y. Foundation is a 501c3 organization targeting under-privileged inner city and small town youth, with a goal to enhance their lives through after school programs and mentoring. We understand that children aren't just our future, but they are a right now answer to a nation in crisis. By developing leaders, the J.D. White P.L.A.Y. Foundation expects a greater future for our country's youth.


​Kyle A. Lurvey - Board Member

An Educator with the innate ability to inspire youth to reach their full potential and reach new heights.


the black athlete

The J.D. White P.L.A.Y. Foundation need your help with monetary donations to help change lives...one youth at a time!  

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John D. White

Lin​dsey B. Hunter - Board Member
2-Time NBA Champion, and seventeen year NBA veteran, who's dedicated to changing the lives of America's Youth.

OUR programs

  • Youth Recreational Services

  • ​Community Service: Operation Help Detroit

  • Youth Mentoring: Youth Empowerment

  • ​J.D. White P.L.A.Y. Foundation Scholarship


Changing lives . . .

one youth at a time!


Our mission is to give today's youth insight on how to be effective, not only in the classroom, but in everyday life!  We want to equip them with valuable life skills today, so that they will one day instill what they have learned into the next generation.

A Word from our Founder

Dr. W.M. Thornton - Board Member

Renowned Pastor, Speaker, Author, and Presiding Prelate of King of Kings International Covenant Assembly, world wide.

Willie B. Mitchell - Vice President
Operations Manager at Dearborn Midwest Co.,  Willie's passion for the youth is monumental for the J.D. White P.L..A.Y. Foundation.

Written by P.L.A.Y. founder, and Fresh Lifestyle Magazine's Award Winning Author John D. White, The Black Athlete is a novel about an African-American boy from Detroit with dreams and aspirations of becoming a professional athlete. Its a

story of perseverance,

tragedy, and triumph.