T.J. Leaf is a professional basketball player in his second season with the Indiana Pacers. He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in Southern California by parents Brad & Karen Leaf, and grew up in a loving, close-knit & faith-based environment with his four siblings. He played college basketball at UCLA before entering the NBA Draft in 2017, where he was drafted 18th overall. In addition to his work on the basketball court, T.J. has also demonstrated a heart for giving back to those in need. T.J. has served both in his church communities in California and Indiana and currently serves as a mentor to several teens from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
T.J. vividly recalls his first introduction to Destiny Rescue at a school assembly during high school. Moved by the work that Destiny Rescue does across the world, T.J. decided to act by leading a fundraiser to help support the organization’s mission. Now as a professional athlete with an even greater platform to effect change in the world around him. T.J. is excited to use his influence to help create awareness about a very serious cause – ending child trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Creator and Co-founder of The Tactical Games
Tim spent just shy of 24 years in the US Army. Starting off in the 82ndAirborne Division, Tim quickly made the transition to Special Forces. After serving a number of years in 7th Special Forces Group, Tim spent time as an instructor at the USA JFK SWCS teaching Green Berets. Tim then spent just under two years in one of our military’s Special Mission Units, only to return again to 7th SFG where he served for the remainder of his career. Tim saw combat operations in Haiti, Colombia, and Iraq.
In addition to Tim’s decorated military career, he joined forces with Destiny Rescue as an undercover agent for two years where he helped rescue 32 victims, mostly children, out of sexual slavery and had nine traffickers arrested put behind bars.
In 2018 Tim appeared on ABC’s reality TV series called Castaways, which follows real people who have been dropped off on small remote islands in Indonesian. The goal…to survive.
“I believe God prepares us all to do something. I was trained and involved in military units with a hostage rescue mission. I built a rescue and justice oriented mindset through all those years of training. When I learned that the most vulnerable demographic on earth (young girls) was the most exploited, I couldn’t sit by and do nothing. I joined Destiny Rescue to save as many as possible for as long as I could. I joined Destiny Rescue to make a difference. NO OFF SEASON!” – Tim Burke