At 9, Jaeden Sharpe was a dreamer and liked the idea of making an impact on those around him. He and his brother were planning a clothing line, not to make money but to have an impact. He died a day after the first “J.J. Sharpe Impact” T-shirt was printed, shot while in the car with his mother.
Out of this terrible act, though, people who knew Jaeden and were inspired by him have found a way to continue his impact.
The J.J. Sharpe Impact Foundation has been formed to help connect children affected by violence with athletics and arts programs, counseling, education and mentoring.
It’s wrenching that there is a need for such an organization, but it will serve a vitally important purpose. This week’s Grit Award goes to a child who inspired in life and to those around him who made sure Jaeden would continue after his death to have an impact on some of the most vulnerable in our community.