Hailing from the south side of Chicago in Harvey, Illinois, Jason Griffin attended Maya Angelou elementary school, Gwendolyn Brooks Junior High School where he graduated as the number one eighth grader. He attended Thornridge High School where he was a notable student-athlete. He was a four-year letter-man in football, basketball, and baseball. Griffin, a recruited athlete in all three sports in high school began his college career at Iowa State University where he continued his success as being a student-athlete and defensive back on the football field. He later moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern University A&M where he finished his college career. In 2003, Griffin received a bachelor’s of science degree in Agricultural Economics and minor in Computer Science. After concluding his college career in football, he pursued his opportunity as a professional athlete. While pursuing his opportunity as a professional athlete, Griffin earned his post-graduate degree. The winter of 2005, Griffin received his Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics with an emphasis in International Trades at Louisiana State University (LSU). In 2007, he established The Jason Griffin Foundation that has help change lives for many children, single mothers, and single fathers throughout different areas of the country. The following year in 2008, Griffin started his own private training company “Elite Private Training, Inc.” located in Irving, TX. During the NFL 2010-2012 season, Griffin served on the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as a strength and conditioning coach; 2012-2015, served as a strength and conditioning coach with the MLB New York Mets organization. In January 2016, Griffin joined the Chicago White Sox organization as one of their strength and conditioning coaches, responsible and oversees the organization Amateur City Elite (ACE) players strength and conditioning. Currently in 2018, he is entering his 3rd season with the Sox organization and owner and operator of I.M.R Athletics, a sports performance facitlity that service student-athletes in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area.
Griffin, began part-time his sophomore year in college; where doing winter, spring, and summer breaks he would give back his time by speaking to elementary, middle, high schools, youth camps and summer camps. He always had a big heart and wanted to have the opportunity to give back and help the youth community. After achieving success as a speaker, Griffin became a full-time nationwide youth motivational speaker , where he travels to different cities speaking to schools, educational events, graduation ceremonies, youth conferences, youth ministries, and leadership conferences. Griffin speaks on topics which he motivates, inspires, and encourages our youth. Griffin heads his own national mentor program entitled “Never Give Up”, where he gives support, guidance, and mentor the youth to build character, leadership, responsibility, and become great students as well as outstanding individuals. At a young age, Griffin has been a great success and an inspirational leader and role model for the youth, not only in his community, but for hundreds through out many cities across the United States. Often asked, how you do it, he replies, “All things are possible through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” With his great smile and perseverance, Jason Griffin is a special individual who continues giving back. He gives all the glory and credit for his success to God and three special people in his life; mother Leonia Jackson, brother Roosevelt Griffin and grandmother Iris Marie Robinson.