- To provide opportunities for under-served youth to reach their full potential through athletic, recreational, and educational programs and initiatives; and
- To provide support for single African American mothers through proven programs and initiatives.
About Charles Johnson
A native of Hawkinsville, Ga., Charles Johnson attended Hawkinsville High School, where he played defensive end in football and forward in basketball for the Red Devils. As a student-athlete in college, he pursued a career in child and family development while continuing as a defensive end for the Bulldogs at University of Georgia. In 2007, Charles signed with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL.
As a Panther, Charles ranked second in the NFL with seven forced fumbles and sixth with a career-high 12.5 sacks during the 2012 season. Under his leadership as one of the league's premier pass-rushers, his team's defensive unit ranked 10th in the NFL and ninth in sacks per pass play this past season.
Growing up as an athlete at heart and being a part of a team his entire life, Charles strongly believes that teamwork is a valuable skill all kids should learn, which will help motivate them to believe in themselves. He credits his success to his learning experiences and understanding the importance of preparation, education and dedication.
The annual Charles Johnson Foundation Sports Academy and Family Night is his opportunity to give back to Middle Georgia youth and teach them life and team-building skills, especially how to say no to negative influences they may encounter. Whether in the classroom or on the field, it is important to continually work hard in all life's endeavors.
University of Georgia Bulldogs
Hawkinsville High School
The Charles Johnson Foundation Sports Academy & Family Night: Hawkinsville, GA—June 21-22, 2013
Over 1,300 Middle Georgia kids in 1st through 12th grades and their families participated in Hawkinsville High School graduate and NFL defensive end Charles Johnson's second annual two-day hometown youth sports camp and evening family event. Please see this year's Camp Program.
Thank you to all of our volunteers, whose hard work throughout the weekend, helped make this year's event a success!
Thank you to our Sponsors and Contributors: Popchips, Good Green Bars, Dairy Queen, Subway, Harveys Supermarkets, Joseph Sapp of Sapp's Physical Therapy, Clark Funeral Home, Rosenhaus Sports Representation, Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore, LLP, Dr. Al Baggett
Thank you to NFL players who attended: Jasper Brinkley (Arizona Cardinals), Thomas Davis (Carolina Panthers), Justin Houston (Kansas City Chiefs), Corvey Irvin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Charles Johnson (Carolina Panthers), Frank Kearse (Carolina Panthers), Sherrod Martin (Carolina Panthers), Leonard Pope (free agent), Captain Munnerlyn (Carolina Panthers) and Fernando Velasco (Tennessee Titans)
Thank you to the College Fair Schools: Albany State University, Allied American University, Darton College, Emmanuel College, Georgia State University, Middle Georgia State College
The Charles Johnson Foundation contributed nearly $90,000 to charitable causes in Hawkinsville, Georgia. Some of the Foundation's 2012 commitments include:
- $41,876 for purchase of new lockers in the Hawkinsville High School field house.
- $5,000 for football equipment refurbishing and new equipment for the Hawkinsville High School football program.
- Awarded our first two $20,000 college scholarships to two eligible Hawkinsville High School seniors, each payable in four installments of $5,000 per academic year for four years (as long as each recipient meets renewal eligibility criteria including academic performance and full time course enrollment).
- Earned NFL Youth Football Fund matching grant of $5,000 towards the Hawkinsville High School football program.
Proposals: The Foundation is not accepting requests for funding at this time. The Foundation's grantmaking process is in development.
NEW: Updated Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
The 2014 Scholarship Application is available.
Click here to download.
The Charles Johnson Foundation scholarship - offered to Hawkinsville High School Seniors only - provides new and renewal scholarships at $5,000 per year for up to four years, totaling $20,000 each to one male and one female student annually to attend college.
Application Postmarked Deadline: March 1, 2014
To be considered for a new scholarship, all students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be enrolled as a senior at Hawkinsville High School in Hawkinsville, GA.
- Have received a varsity letter in a minimum of two sports.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Must be planning to enroll in a four-year college or university in the fall of 2013 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.
- NEW: Have met a minimum cumulative grade of 70% (2.0 GPA equivalent).
- Demonstrated financial need.
- Demonstrated volunteer commitment of time to support youth sports in the community.
- Completed and submitted application materials by the postmarked deadline of March 1, 2014.
Renewal scholarships are made to new scholarship recipients after the student has met specific renewal and eligibility criteria.
Tori Peavy will attend Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., to study communication sciences and disorders. Tori earned letters in varsity softball and competitive cheerleading while earning a 3.7 GPA. She volunteered as a cheerleading teacher with the Hawkinsville Recreation department and helped some young cheerleaders prepare for their middle school tryouts. As a member of a team, Tori has learned valuable lessons on being respectful other others, generous, courageous, and forgiving.
Chance Lee Warnock will attend Middle Georgia State College to study special education to be a special education teacher and coach. His brother, Grant, has had a significant impact on his desire to pursue a career in special education - with the goal to include people with different abilities in all areas of education and competitive sports. Chance is an active volunteer with the Special Olympics, and was the president of the Hawkinsville High chapter of FCA.
Hunter Bowen-Pollock’s major is kinesiology at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. There, she spends enjoys playing tennis, attending Emmanuel sporting events, bowling, drawing and exercising. This summer, she plans to take some more classes before she enters her sophomore year at Emmanuel. Later, Hunter would like to attend graduate school to become an occupational therapist.
Earl Dupree's major is exercise science at Georgia Southwestern University. Earl enjoys playing baseball and football. This summer, he will play baseball in North Georgia. Later, he would like to use his degree in health and physical education to coach high school football and baseball. Earl continues to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball.