The Charles Johnson Foundation has announced that four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection Michael Vick will attend the Sports Academy & Community Weekend on June 16-17 in Hawkinsville, GA. Vick will help coach various clinics at the event, including the football clinics, which will take place on Saturday.
Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Now retired, Vick spent his career playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers. A full list of confirmed NFL guests scheduled to attend is below, and may expand prior to the event:
· Jon Beason – Retired NFL
· NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers
· James Bradberry – Carolina Panthers
· Jasper Brinkley – NFL Free Agent
· AJ Bryant – Former UGA Football
· Michael Griffin – NFL Free Agent
· Kyle Love – Carolina Panthers
· Sherrod Martin – NFL Free Agent
· James ‘L.J.’ McCray – Carolina Panthers
· Coach Richard Rodgers – Carolina Panthers, Asst. Defensive Backs/Safeties
· Ken Veal – Former UGA Football and NFL
· Fernando Velasco – Retired NFL; UGA player relations coordinator
· Michael Vick – Retired NFL
· Jarius Wynn – NFL Free Agent
The schedule of events for 2017 Sports Academy & Community is as follows:
Friday, June 16
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Registration and lunch
12 – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
1st-2nd graders – Basketball clinic
3rd-4th graders – STEM and Dance clinics
5th-6th graders – Softball (girls) and Baseball (boys) clinics
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
1st-2nd graders – Softball (girls) and Baseball (boys) clinics
3rd-4th graders – Basketball clinic
5th-6th graders – STEM and Dance clinics
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
1st-2nd graders – STEM and Dance clinics
3rd-4th graders – Softball (girls) and Baseball (boys) clinics
5th-6th graders – Basketball clinic
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
1st-6th graders – Outdoor activities
7th-12th graders – Basketball clinic
5 – 5:30 p.m.
7th-12th graders – Huddle Talk with Charles Johnson
5 – 6 p.m.
All Ages – Community Night Meal
Saturday, June 17
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Awards Ceremony and Presentations
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1st-6th graders – Football and Cheer clinics
7th-12th graders – Softball (girls) and Baseball (boys) clinics
12:30 – 12:45 p.m.
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 3 p.m.
7th-12th graders – Football clinic
Online registration for the event is closed, but there will be walk-up registration available on the day of the event. The foundation is looking for volunteers for the event and those interested should visit here for more details. The foundation relies on generous sponsors like the Big Red Booster Club, Hibbett Sports and DQ to keep this event free of charge for the community. If interested in sponsorship, email Christal@charlesjohnsonfoundation.org to learn more.
ABOUT CHARLES JOHNSON & THE CHARLES JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Charles Johnson is a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, 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.
Through ten professional seasons, Charles has received All-Pro recognition on the strength of 67.5 career sacks, placing him among the premier pass-rushers in the league. Charles ranks second on the Panthers’ all-time sacks list. He is a four-time captain for the Panthers, including the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
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 in Hawkinsville, GA for the Charles Johnson Foundation, combining his efforts to advance education with free sports clinics in football, basketball, softball, baseball, dance and cheer.