Thursday, August 17, 2017


Read Across America 2017

Calvin Johnson Jr. Volunteers Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Riverdale, GA

On December 17, 2016, the Calvin Johnson Jr. Volunteers and Board members partnered with Pastor Reginald Newman’s church (Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Riverdale, GA) to prepare food boxes for families for the Christmas holiday season.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Purple Stride Atlanta 5K run

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation volunteers, friends, and Board Members supported The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Purple Stride Atlanta 5K run at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA.

2nd Read Across America event at Burch Elementary School in Tyrone, GA

Dr. Arica Johnson and Calvin Johnson Jr. Represented the Foundation by reading stories to classes and asking higher level questions. Students enjoyed spending time with the Foundation representatives.

Monday’s gala just one part of Ed Block experience

This year’s class of Ed Block award winners features NFL stars such as Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“This is my eighth year and I’ve gone through the history,” Mittermeier said. “We’ve had some great recipients – Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Steve McNair. But when you talk about a class in general, this might be the greatest class that we’ve had when you talk about the star power that we have.” Continue reading here.

WILLIAM MANN, III BECOMES FIRST RECIPIENT OF CALVIN JOHNSON, JR. ROLE MODEL AWARD

a8d99daf-cb63-492b-b203-64ec02ab07d9-1On March 24, 2015, local Scout William Mann, III became the first person ever to win the Calvin Johnson, Jr. Peach of an Athlete Award. The award, presented by Detroit Loins’ wide-receiver Calvin Johnson, celebrates a local high school athlete who is involved in Scouting and is a role model in his community.

 

Mann is a senior at Southwest Christian Academy where he plays both football and basketball. He is a Life Scout who is working on his Eagle Scout rank, and is actively involved in Venturing Crew 1981 chartered to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in College Park.

 

Mann’s essay on how Scouting and sports prepared him to be a role model was selected as the best from a pool of local Scout athletes.

 

“As a Scout, I have learned to do my best in everything I attempt,” Mann wrote. “By giving to others you are almost always blessed as much as the person who is receiving something.”

 

Mann credits Scouting for teaching him how to be a leader, and how to dedicate himself to a task. One year, Mann’s football team was only able to field 13 players. But, with Mann’s leadership, they were able to complete the season playing just as hard as if they had a full team.

 

“I believe that the attributes from being a Scout and student athlete will carry me a long way in life,” Mann said. “I will always do my best, give to others, and remain determined to accomplish my goals.”

 

The Calvin Johnson Award is a new award given as part of the annual Peach of an Athlete Awards Banquet honoring collegiate and professional athletes who uphold the high civic values of Scouting. This year’s award winners included NFL wide-receiver Harry Douglas, Georgia Tech defensive back Isaiah Johnson, and Texas A&M swimmer Samantha Bosma. 

 

Primarily Healing for Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation’s Board Secretary, Wali’ R. Johnson

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March 20, 2015 – Wali’ R. Johnson a third year medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine was inducted into The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Gamma Chapter of Georgia on Thursday.  This event took place on March 19, 2015 at 6:30pm at Morehouse School of Medicine Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care.

 

AWARD NAMED AFTER CALVIN JOHNSON, JR.

ATLANTA, GA (February 25, 2015) Calvin Johnson, Jr., Georgia Tech All-American and Pro- Bowl wide receiver professional football player for the Detroit Lions will be honored of having the High School Peach of an Athlete Award name in his honor from the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The award will be presented at the reception before the banquet to a high school student athlete that is in the Scouting program.

The 31st Annual Peach of an Athlete Awards Banquet will be held on March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Cobb Energy Centre. If you are interested in attending, please contact William Bryant at 770-956-3177 for more information.

About the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America:

Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and leadership training. The Atlanta Area Council covers 13 metro- Atlanta Counties. For more information on the Atlanta Area Council, visit www.atlantabsa.org.

Calvin Johnson selected as Lions’ Ed Block Courage Award recipient

 Statistically, 2013 was another banner season for Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Physically, it was a grind.

Johnson dealt with knee and finger injuries that cost him two games and limited him in a few others. Both injuries required offseason surgery.

WR Calvin Johnson (Photo: Gavin Smith)

He still managed to catch 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn his third straight All Pro nod.

It was that kind of performance gutting it out through the pain that makes Johnson the Lions’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

“It’s an honor to see the guys that have won it,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I’ve heard about it my whole career. Somebody wins it from every team. To be on that list as well is definitely an honor.” Continue reading here.

CALVIN JOHNSON’S FOUNDATION RECOGNIZED FOR ITS COMMUNITY IMPACT BY THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL WIVES ASSOCIATION “BEHIND THE BENCH” 
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TYRONE, GA (April 24, 2014) – NFL All-Pro Athlete Calvin Johnson Jr. and his mother, Dr. Arica Johnson accepted an award on behalf of the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation (CJJRF) from Donella Thorpe Co-Chair, The National Basketball Wives Association – Behind the Bench. A check in the amount of $5,000 was presented to the Foundation for its service and support of Metro Atlanta and Metro Detroit communities at the “Touching A Life Luncheon” in New Orleans, February 14, 2014.

After years of hard work and dedication, the CJJRF has developed the following initiatives: 1) Scholarships; 2) Health, Nutrition, and Physical Fitness; 3) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; 4) Education; 5) Support for the Needy; and 6) Community Support.

“Our main goal is to assist youth with limited financial resources “catch” their dreams on and off the field. Therefore, providing opportunities that will impact the lives of youth and allow them to rise out of seemingly difficult situations and mature into productive members of society.”

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. is supported by CapTrust Financial Advisors, Comerica, Detroit Lions Charity, Education Transformation LLC, Cicchinni Custom Clothier, Calvin Johnson Jr., Calvin Johnson Jr. Enterprises, Inc., and The NBA Wives Association – Behind the Bench.

To make a donation or learn more about the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc., please visit calvinjohnsonjrfoundation.org.

 

NFL ALL-PRO ATHLETE CALVIN JOHNSON “MEGATRON” OF THE DETROIT LIONS FOUNDATION SPONSORS A “WINNING ATTITUDE” FOOTBALL CAMP

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DETROIT, MI (APRIL 23, 2014) – All-Pro Athlete Calvin Johnson Jr.’s Foundation will sponsor a comprehensive football camp for football athletes at his partnership school, L’Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township, MI on April 26, 2014.

The mission of the Foundation is to change the mindset of youth from struggle to survival, from poor self-esteem to excitement of life, from dependent thinking to goal setting self-sufficiency, and from hopelessness to empowerment.

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. is supported by Comerica, Detroit Lions Charity, Education Transformation LLC, Cicchinni Custom Clothier, Calvin Johnson Jr., Calvin Johnson Jr. Enterprises, Inc., National NBA Wives Association, and Branns Steakhouse and Grille.

This camp is closed to the public. Media representatives can contact Dr. Erica Johnson at cjjrf81@yahoo.com if you would like to attend.

To make a donation or learn more about the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc., please visit calvinjohnsonjrfoundation.org.

NFL ALL-PRO ATHLETE CALVIN JOHNSON “MEGATRON” OF THE DETROIT LIONS RECEIVES 2014 “PINNACLE LEADERSHIP AWARD” 

TYRONE, GA (APRIL 23, 2014) – NFL All Pro Athlete Calvin Johnson Jr. was awarded the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pinnacle Leadership Award on February 8, 2014 for his work on and off the field.

Johnson was one of thirteen award honorees who exhibited exemplary public service and initiated change that has positively impacted citizens in the greater Atlanta Community.

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation (CJJRF) has provided scholarships annually to deserving student athletes in the Metro Detroit and Metro Atlanta community. Each year the CJJRF host “Scholars with a Mission” Leadership Conference and invites its cohort of scholarship recipients since 2008. The Foundation also provides “STEM” teaching and tutorial mini grants to teachers in Metro Atlanta and Metro Detroit.

In addition, Johnson’s Foundation sponsor free football camps, provided support for the needy, community support, and has a school partnership with L’Anse Creuse High School in Metro Detroit.

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NFL ALL-PRO ATHLETE CALVIN JOHNSON “MEGATRON” OF THE DETROIT LIONS SHARES HOW HIS FOUNDATION IMPACTS THE LIVES OF METRO DETROIT YOUTH AND FAMILIES

DETROIT, MI (October 11, 2013) – All-Pro Athlete Calvin Johnson is encouraging corporations, businesses, and companies in Metro Detroit to spend the afternoon with him on November 2, 2013 as he shares the impact his Foundation is making in the lives of youth and families who are less fortunate. Johnson is leading a philanthropic partnership effort to raise money for youth programs in Metro Detroit, through the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization he established in 2008.

The mission of the Foundation is to change the mindset of youth from struggle to survival, from poor self-esteem to excitement of life, from dependent thinking to goal setting self-sufficiency, and from hopelessness to empowerment. After years of hard work and dedication, the CJJRF has developed the following initiatives: 1) Scholarships; 2) Scholar Leadership Conference; 3) Football Camps; 4) Support for the Needy; and 5) Community Support.

This year it will launch a school partnership program with L’Anse Creuse High School, to include a football camp, health fair, education sessions, research, grooming/etiquette, and physical fitness. “Our main goal is to assist youth with limited financial resources “catch” their dreams on and off the field. Therefore, providing opportunities that will impact the lives of youth and allow them to rise out of seemingly difficult situations and mature into productive members of society.”

The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. is supported by CapTrust Financial Advisors, Comerica, RE/Max, Branns, EA Sports, Detroit Lions Charity, Education Transformation LLC, Cicchinni Custom Clothier, Calvin Johnson Jr., Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, and Calvin Johnson Jr. Enterprises. Inc., NIKE, and individual donors.

R.S.V.P. to attend Calvin’s philanthropist event at cjjrf81@yahoo.com or call Dr. Arica Johnson at 404-308-0312 by October 21, 2013. To make a donation or learn more about the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc., please visit calvinjohnsonjrfoundation.org.






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