Supporting Inner City Communities

Inspired by his mother’s work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and families, Isiah Thomas founded Mary’s Court in her honor to support the health, safety and personal achievement of Chicago’s youth and youth around the country. Mary’s Court works to provide opportunities to families and empowers children to reach their full potential as healthy and smart members of their community.

“Every child deserves good health, safety and education. Our goal at Mary’s Court is to help every child receive that foundation.”

– Isiah Thomas


Mary’s Court’s programs are focused in four areas: education, safety, sports & youth, and affordable housing. The programs all aim to provide and motivate youth & families to live healthy, safe and educated lives. We believe that these are essential to living a healthy life and building stronger communities.

Education Programs
Sports and Health Programs
Safety Programs
Affordable Housing Programs


Latest News

The City Game: Chicago – Isiah Thomas Back at St. Joseph

The City Game: Chicago – Isiah Thomas Back at St. Joseph

Presented by NBA TV
March 30, 2016

In “The City Game: Chicago”, two-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas explores the basketball soul of his hometown.  In this episode, he returns to his alma mater, St. Joseph High School to meet up with his mentor and coach, the legendary Gene Pingatore.  Click HERE to check out another powerful tribute to the city of Chicago by our founder, Isiah Thomas.  We are #ChicagoStrong!

NBA legend Isiah Thomas plays Santa on native West Side

NBA legend Isiah Thomas plays Santa on native West Side

By Maudlyne Ihejirika | Chicago Sun-Times
January 2, 2016

NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is known by many monikers: the legend who turned the last-place Detroit Pistons into back-to-back NBA champions; 12-time NBA All-Star; one of the 50 greatest players in National Basketball Association history. Underprivileged kids in the West Side neighborhoods where he grew up, however, know him as none of those. They call him Santa. For the fourth year in a row, the 54-year-old one-time professional and collegiate basketball coach and businessman descended on East Garfield Park in December with toys, coats, clothing, bikes and computer tablets for more than 400 kids at Marillac Social Center on December 18, 2015.