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Isiah Thomas

Legendary Sports Icon, Businessman, Philanthropist

Born and raised on Chicago's West Side, Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas's professional career spans more than three decades in business and sports. As Chairman and CEO of Isiah International, Thomas built companies that specialize in waste removal & recycling, multi-family housing, and the sports industries. Thomas' most recent venture, Isiah Real Estate, revitalizes buildings and develops affordable housing. Thomas dedicates a large portion of his time to working with youth programs in urban communities. Inspired by his mother's work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and families in Chicago, Thomas founded Mary's Court in her honor to support the health, safety, academic and personal achievement of Chicago's youth and youth around the country.