The Oliver Tree Foundation was dedicated and established in loving memory of Paul J. Oliver (March 30, 1984 - September 24, 2013). Paul was an inspiring athlete whom left a lasting impact out on the football field. Many individuals looked up to Paul an athlete, however, off the field he was a wonderful and loving family man. When the lights went off on the football field, Paul fell victim to the emptiness that many athletes experience when this occurs. Unfortunately, Paul's inner light went out when the stadium lights went out. Paul devastatingly and unexpectedly took his own life on September 24th, 2013. after medical examination of Paul's brain, we have learned that he was diagnosed with CTE. this gives our foundation confirmation the disease was infecting his ability to think logically and has inspired us to pursue the disease's existence.
We like to look at it as if one of God's angels being called home to bring revelation and light to a looming issue many athletes may be currently experiencing. Paul has left an inspiration for a new and exciting chapter in our lives, the start of something that will add to his memory and lasting legacy. A vision that we know will change lives and help mold our future generation's.
Sometimes inspiration in life comes from the most devastating sources. Paul's happy and playful spirit are the same motivational tools we are harnessing through this foundation to reach out to the younger generations who need it. We want to use his story to shine a light on the positive influences he had on all the people who crossed his path. It is our intention to honor Paul's memory, along with the many other athlete's whom have also experienced the same fate, by expanding our branch of kindness. Our network of strong rooted and committed individuals whom have taken a passionate interest in this cause will lay down the foundation of "The Oliver Tree Foundation." Our mission is simply uplifting individuals by identifying overwhelming issues, providing education by facilitating a positive environment that addresses alternative solutions to these issues, the creation of a support and mentoring program with former athletes, utilizing these support systems to overcome life obstacles, and bringing people together through joint business efforts throughout Georgia and California. It is our goal to expand this program beyond our American soil in the near future.