HAWKINSVILLE, Ga., August 3, 2015- The Charles Johnson Foundation received a $3,250 NFL Youth Football Camp Grant, recognizing the foundation’s hard work and dedication to its community. The NFL awards these grants to players and coaches making a difference in their hometowns or team cities by hosting free, non-contact youth football camps in the summer. The grant also recognizes efforts to promote sportsmanship and community-wide charitable projects.
Coaches at the camps must complete the NFL’s online Coach Smart course, which included an updated CDC concussion awareness video. The course paralleled a Safe Tackling Clinic at the 2015 Charles Johnson Foundation Sports Academy & Community Weekend. Carolina Panthers Defensive Line Coach Eric Washington held the clinic for local youth football coaches to teach proper tackling techniques and safety. Coach Washington was assisted by two fellow Panthers Coaches Sam Mills (Assistant Defensive Line Coach) and Steve Wilks (Assistant Head Coach/Secondary Coach).
“I’m honored that the NFL recognized my foundation with this grant and the funds will go towards helping us keep this event free of charge,” Johnson said. “I’m also grateful to have had the support of three of my Panthers coaches at my Sports Academy helping to teach safe tackling techniques. It’s an important topic and I’m glad we could find a way to highlight it at my event.”
June marked the fourth year of the foundation’s Sports Academy & Community Weekend. Beyond football, dance, tennis, cheer and dance clinics, the two-day event included a Community Night where the foundation presented two $20,000 college scholarships. The Hawkinsville Board of Commissioners also surprised Johnson by presenting him with the Key to the City of Hawkinsville, recognizing his endless effort to give back to his hometown.
For more information on the NFL Youth Football Camp Grant or the Safe Tackling Clinic, contact Meredith Geisler firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-740-5015. For more information on the foundation and its mission, visitcharlesjohnsonfoundation.org.
ABOUT CHARLES JOHNSON & THE CHARLES JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Charles Johnson is a native of Hawkinsville, GA, and a proud alumnus of Hawkinsville High School. After attending the University of Georgia where he starred at defensive end, Charles was drafted by the Carolina Panthers of the NFL in 2007 and now serves as a captain of the team.
Through eight professional seasons, Charles has received All-Pro recognition on the strength of 62.5 career sacks, placing him among the premier pass-rushers in the league.
In 2012, Charles’ passion for philanthropy and loyalty to Middle Georgia led him to launch the Charles Johnson Foundation. A non-profit organization, the Charles Johnson Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling a two-fold mission:
- Providing opportunities for under-served youth to reach their full potential through athletic, recreational, and educational programs and initiatives; and
- Providing support for single African American mothers through proven programs and initiatives.
The Charles Johnson Foundation Sports Academy and Community Weekend is the flagship annual event for the Charles Johnson Foundation, combining his efforts to advance education with free sports clinics in football, basketball, tennis, dance and cheer.