Bailey began his involvement in community service during his basketball career. He directed basketball camps for youth beginning in 1984. His camps mostly focus on students with serious illnesses or disadvantaged backgrounds. He has worked with various charities which include Make-A-Wish, D.A.R.E, and the Happy Factory. Bailey’s record of service in the community generated numerous awards, including the NBA’s prestigious Kennedy Community Award, the Utah Association for Gifted Children’s Community Service Award, Sigma Gamma Chi Fraternity’s Exemplary Manhood Award, and the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s American Champion Award.
After Bailey’s NBA career ended, he became a motivational speaker and broadcast analyst for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah. Bailey is also an actor and songwriter; his music includes uplifting songs as well a fusion of R&B and Nu Soul. Bailey released music albums which include Faith in Your Heart (1998), The Gift of Christmas (2001), and I’m Not the Same (2002). Bailey also acted films including Thurl: Forward with New Power (1994), The Luck of the Irish (2001), The Single Ward (2002), David and Goliath (2005), Church Ball (2006), Herbert Holiday (2007), Running with the Pack (2013), and an episode of ESPN’s 30 for 30 (2013). Bailey is also chairman of Big T Productions, Fertile Earth, and Four-leaf Films.
Thurl Bailey is a father of six children. He and his wife, Sindi, live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their three children. Bailey had a daughter with his college sweetheart and two sons from his first marriage. Bailey was raised as a Baptist, but while playing basketball in Italy he decided to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he was baptized by his father-in-law on December 31, 1995.
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