Jamal Jackson, a native to Colorado, attended Cherry Creek Public Schools. From the young age of six, Jamal participated in multiple sports and had dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Jamal graduated from Overland High School (Aurora, CO) in 2002 and set out to achieve his dream by attending Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was a student-athlete playing football.
In two years, Jamal graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an Associates of General Studies, receiving a full ride athletic scholarship to Lenoir-Rhyne University, a small private school in Hickory, North Carolina. Jamal graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University two years later with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. The dream of becoming a professional athlete was all but over and the next phase of his life began with searching for his true calling.
Jamal has a great understanding for his blessings as well as the obstacles he faced and has always wanted to provide his services to benefit younger generations to come. Jamal worked in multiple settings supporting youth for several years before deciding to go back to college to pursue his Masters in Social Work. It was in his initial year (2011) that Jamal began the thought process as well as development of his future work with student-athletes.
Also during that time, Jamal worked for non-profit organizations focusing on at-risk youth, Rock Canyon High School – Special Education Department(Douglas County School District- Highlands Ranch, CO), and Gateway High School – Special Education Department and student-athletes (Aurora Public Schools- Aurora, CO).
In the 2014/2015 school year at Gateway High School, Jamal implemented The Student-Athlete Counseling Practice. The practice’s focus is to support student-athlete mental and physical health, academic and life performance by providing one-on-one counseling and group workshops utilizing social work theory, video clips, case studies and former student-athlete speakers to educate student athletes to the challenges and benefits of being student-athletes and the knowledge necessary to become a whole student athlete. Currently, Jamal is the school Social Worker at Gateway High School (Aurora Public Schools- Aurora, CO) and still provides Student-Athlete Counseling services in metro Denver.