Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States of America, therefore, it comes as no surprise that its players enjoy so much recognition. This attention spreads to anyone associated with them; especially their partners, be it a girlfriend or spouse. As the wife of Chris Paul, a point guard in the NBA, Jada Crawley is widely recognized for her marriage to the NBA star.
However, Jada’s identity is not completely reliant on her marriage to the NBA star. She is a renowned fashion designer, philanthropist, and businesswoman who has built a name for herself. Her basketball-wife-status is just an added advantage and what makes her love story quite interesting is the fact that she and Chris Paul have a long dating history.
Jada Crawley Spent Her Childhood In The Same City With Chris Paul
The fabulous wife of the NBA star has not shared a lot about her early life but it has been gathered that she was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina USA, on February 16, 1984, and she is the only child of her parents. Jada is known to have spent the greater part of her formative years in North Carolina; as did her husband but the pair did not get acquainted at that time.
Mount Tabor High School was where she earned her high school diploma and following her graduation, she proceeded to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree; although her course of study is not known.
She Met Her Beau In College
It was during her time at Wake Forest University that she and Chris Paul actually met and kick-started their relationship. According to Chris Paul, he and Jade started dating when they were in their sophomore year. The duo met at a 2003 basketball game and have been together ever since.
While many would think Chris Paul was the first to make a move, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, Crawley had asked a mutual friend to get her introduced to Paul who played on the school team at the time and after that meeting, everything just fell in place. In an interview with GQ, the player revealed they had their first date shortly after and they had gone to see the movie, Love Don’t Cost A Thing featuring Nick Cannon and Christina Milan.
They Had A Star-studded Wedding Ceremony
After dating for eight years, the couple made their union official in 2011. Chris and Jada Paul were married in September 2011 in Charlotte, according to NOLA.com the event took place at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. They pulled all the stops to have a glorious ceremony with their six-tier wedding cake, lit with 600 candles, as well as 50,000 flowers.
A number of Chris Paul’s teammates and other celebrities attended the wedding, including the Miami Heat’s LeBron James and his then-girlfriend, Savannah Brinson. New York Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony and his wife, LaLa, as well as Heat star, Dwyane Wade and his then-girlfriend, Gabrielle Union, were all in attendance. James, in particular, was a groomsman, stating to Essence: “Chris and Jada are like an extension of my -family…He’s like the brother I never had. I’m here for him no matter what—and not only for Chris but also for Jada.”
The Stunning Lady Has Two Children With Chris Paul
The major happenings in Jada Crawley’s life revolve around her family as she spends a lot of her time at home, behind the public eye, tending to the kids. She welcomed her first child with Chris on May 23rd in 2009 and he was named Christopher Emmanuel Paul II. A daughter, Camryn Alexis Paul, was born three years after Christopher in 2012 on the 16th of August.
In an almost predictable stroke of fate, Christopher, who was named after his father, has chosen to go down the same career path. He has started showing interest in the game of basketball, this is an activity that Jada Crawley is currently nurturing.
The Family Of 4 Enjoys A Life Of Luxury
The average annual salary for a basketball player in the United States is $7 million and as the wife of a man who earns that much, Jada Crawley is not a stranger to a life of luxury. The couple is known to live big in different locations in the United States with their kids due to the nature of Chris’s profession as an NBA player.
Recently, it was reported that they moved from their Los Angeles residence which is believed to have been purchased at the price of $6 million. The house is on a 12,000 sqft parcel of land, with a swimming pool, sports court, and a cabana. Some years back they had also sold their Bel-Air Mansion for $11.5 million and put another one up on the market for $2.2 million. They also had a Houston property that they sold for $7.5 million.
Jada Crawley is also known for going on vacations to exotic locations with her husband, and these trips sometimes feature other couples who are usually Chris Paul’s friends and their wives.
Jada Crawley Is Doing Pretty Well In Her Fashion Business And Philanthropic Gestures
Jada Crawley is much more than a wife and mother. She works in the fashion industry as a designer. What’s more, she manages a blooming fashion enterprise and spreads her profits into causes that help alleviate suffering and pain for the less privileged. More so, as a founding member of the Chris Paul Foundation — an establishment that seeks to bridge that wide inequality gap between privileged and underprivileged youths, Jada Crawley works at alleviating poverty for young people. The foundation she established with her husband provides relief and aid.
Jada also serves as host to the program Jada Paul Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual program is targeted at senior female students in high schools. They are placed in boot camps where they are trained in vocations like make-up, braid bar, fashion shows, and the likes. Asides that, the participants are at liberty to choose from a variety of prom dresses, shoes, and pieces of jewellery – items required for their prom night. When this event was hosted in 2018, Jada Crawley was living in Houston with her husband, as Chris had signed with the Houston Rockets. They had been in that area for less than a year but were ready to give back to the community. The seniors who were recipients of this benefit were those who had been affected by the devastating Hurricane Harvey.
As of 2020, Jada Crawley’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million. Much of this amount comes from her fashion business. While that’s very impressive, it’s quickly dwarfed by her husband’s $205 million fortune.