More than 1,000 attendees and 12 guests from the NFL joined us at our 5th Annual Sports Academy & Community Weekend June 17-18 in Charles Johnson's hometown, Hawkinsville, GA. The two-day event emphasized the benefit of both sports and education for local students in grades 1-12. The free of charge event included clinics in football, basketball, dance, tennis, cheer and STEM.
With support from Hibbett Sports, the foundation provided free athletic shoes and football cleats to youth participants! Also, for the first time in its five-year history, the Charles Johnson Foundation expanded its scholarship program and presented four $20,000 college scholarships to local senior student-athletes at the event. Clinics were led by Johnson, community leaders, local coaches and professional instructors, and many of Johnson’s friends from the NFL.
In addition to Charles Johnson, the following NFL guests participated: Mario Addison (Carolina Panthers), Chas Alecxih (Carolina Panthers), Kony Ealy (Carolina Panthers), Dwan Edwards (Free Agent), Tedd Ginn (Carolina Panthers), Justin Houston (Kansas City Chiefs), Frank Kearse (New England Patriots), Kyle Love (Carolina Panthers), Kawann Short (Carolina Panthers) and Fernando Velasco (Buffalo Bills). Carolina Panthers coaches Sam Mills and Richard Rodgers, along with NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus, also assisted with the event.
We deeply appreciate the time and effort shared by devoted volunteers, coaches and sponsors who help make this event possible.
Check out this year's event program for more information. Check out the videos and photos of the event on the above links.
We greatly appreciate this year's generous sponsors!
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS
SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS
Abell Images/Paul Abell Photographer
Happy Hour Service Center
Taylor Health Care Group
The Target Group
BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS
Denitra “Dee” Dumas
Middle Georgia Tennis Center
SunMark Community Bank
FOOD IN-KIND SPONSORS
DQ Grill & Chill, Hawkinsville
And, thanks to Dr. Al Baggett for his support!