Christian James McCollum, the younger son of Kathy Andrews and Errick McCollum, was born in 1991 in Canton, Ohio. McCollum's older brother Errick has played nine seasons of professional basketball overseas - and, as of late 2019, stars in Russia for VTB League club Unics Kazan. McCollum attended Glen Oak High School in Plain Township where he played with former Sacramento King Kosta Koufos. As a four-year journalism major at Lehigh, he is a contributing editor for the Players' Tribune and has written multiple articles for the site. He's also done work for Sports Illustrated for Kids and NBA.com. McCollum has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to form the CJ McCollum Dream Center Initiative, which aims to create "safe spaces for young people to learn, explore, create, and grow". The first such Center opened in Nov. 2016, outfitted with culturally relevant books and technologies and placing an emphasis on child literacy. McCollum also started CJ's Press Pass, a journalism-based mentorship program which works with 30 students a year, connecting them with professionals in and around the Portland area and giving them mentorship and feedback on their work. You can follow CJ McCollum on Twitter @CJMcCollum and on Instagram @3jmccollum.