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.