Monique Payton is the Executive Director Chair of the Gary Payton II Foundation. Her journey is one marked by a passion for learning, a love for her family, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Over 23 years, she devoted herself to raising three wonderful children Raquel, Gary II and Julian with her now ex-husband, NBA legend Gary Payton. As a stay-at-home mother, Monique instilled values and a deep appreciation for education in her children. She even took on the role of a teacher during summer months, to further foster growth and learning. When Gary’s fourth-grade teacher suggested testing for learning disabilities, Monique swiftly took action. She ensured that her son had the resources needed to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Her dedication as a parent of a child with dyslexia led her to acquire new skills and knowledge to support Gary II effectively.
Monique’s commitment to making a positive impact extended beyond her family. In 2015, she founded the “”Women Standing Tall”” non-profit, which celebrated the stories of women who triumphed over adversity. Through this foundation, she raised awareness and funds for LifeLong AIDS Alliance and Project Angel Food, providing essential support to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Her unwavering commitment to giving back to communities ensures that all individuals have access to the resources and support they need to thrive. Monique’s story is a testament to the power of dedication and a heart that cares deeply for others.