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Charles Johnson Foundation
June 17-18, 2016
Hawkinsville High School
Wendy’s is proud to support the
Charles Johnson Foundation
and its community initiatives.
To encourage excellence, diminish mediocrity, and reduce
high risk behavior by providing youth with structured activities
that focus on maximizing their potential through higher
LIFE League will serve as a catalyst to inspire young people in
its care to strive to become educated and productive citizens.
Who Are We?
LIFE League is a nonprofit organization that incorporates
sports and activities with personal growth/educational
workshops. Our goal is to influence young people ages
5-18 to strive for greatness through personal development
and education. LIFE League also offers college scholarship
opportunities to participants who exemplify personal
growth and interest in post-secondary education.
Where Are We?
LIFE League currently offers programs in Bibb, Bleckley, Jones,
Houston, Peach, Pulaski and Twiggs Counties.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Tarver at (478) 957-0967
LIFE League, Inc.| PO Box 92 | Kathleen, GA 31047
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Dear Hawkinsville and Middle Georgia,
I am grateful to celebrate the 5th Annual Sports Academy & Community Weekend with so many great people from Hawkinsville
and the Middle Georgia community. Thank you all for joining us this year. It is an honor to have so many people come together for
this annual event.
This has been an exciting year between the foundation, my business ventures, and the Carolina Panthers making it to the
Super Bowl. I was proud seeing the photos of Hawkinsville supporting the Panthers with t-shirts, decorations and blue ribbons
throughout town. I am so grateful to come from the best town in the world, with the most supportive community around me. As a
special thanks for your support, I’ll be surprising all of the kids at this event with cleats and shoes, thanks to support from Hibbett
Sports. I am thankful to be in a position where I can give back to all of you, and I hope the kids enjoy them.
This summer, we celebrate our inaugural scholarship recipients. Hunter Bowen-Pollock, the first female recipient of our scholarship
program, just graduated from LaGrange University where she majored in Nonprofit Leadership and Business. Earl Dupree, our first
male scholarship recipient will begin his student teaching and will coach at Hawkinsville High School this fall. He will graduate in
December. I am proud to see what our scholarship has allowed them to accomplish. Hunter and Earl, we are very proud of you
both. You have set the bar high for our incoming recipients.
As our scholarship program grows, and we begin to think about making a lasting impression on the community, I want to make
a challenge to everyone here. Within the next year, before next summer’s event, I challenge each of you to do something that
makes a positive impact on your community. Whether it’s helping your elderly neighbor with housework, older kids reading to
younger kids, or a first grade class planning a day to pick up trash in a park, I challenge you to make a difference. And I want
to hear about it. This time next year, I hope to have received stories throughout the year of schools, clubs, groups of friends –
everyone – making a difference. And next year, I will share those stories with all of you and personally thank everyone who
accepted this challenge. Please check out the Pulaski Tomorrow Youth Leadership Class where youth can be further propelled to
make a difference in the community.
The Charles Johnson Foundation Scholarship Program now requires its recipients to volunteer in their college or home
community a minimum of 5 hours each Fall and Spring semester for every year they are a scholarship recipient. They also return
to Hawkinsville each year for this Sports Academy & Community Weekend as devoted volunteers. It is fantastic seeing these
students continue to give back to their hometown.
Together, we can all make a difference in this community. Similar to football, the team succeeds when each player puts the team
first. We wouldn’t have made it to the Super Bowl if we were playing selfishly. If we all put the greater good of the community first,
even if just for a day, we’ll make a huge difference.
Happy Hour Service Center in Warner Robins is the generous provider of this year’s recycling services – please help us keep
HHS campus clean throughout this event; and please put your plastic bottles in the blue recycling bins.
As always, I would also like to take a moment to express my appreciation to our devoted volunteers and the generous sponsors
who contribute to help us make this event possible!
Thank you to the entire community; and my NFL and NBA guests for joining us. I truly hope to continue this event for years to
come. Go Big Red!
Carolina Panthers #95
University of Georgia
Hawkinsville High School ‘04
Friday, June 17th
Please check-in at Registration 1 hour prior to your clinic
Lunch for youth participants provided by the
Pulaski Co. Seamless Summer Meals Program*
Shoe Shop Opens
Camp-wide warm up with Charles Johnson
and NFL and NBA Guests
Basketball Clinic (1st - 3rd graders)
Football Field Activity (4th - 6th graders)
Snacks for youth participants
Basketball Clinic (4th - 6th graders)
STEM Clinic (1st - 3rd graders; 2:30-3:15p.m.)
Dance Clinic (1st - 6th graders)
Basketball Clinic (7th - 12th graders)
Football Field Activity (1st - 3rd graders)
STEM Clinic (4th - 6th graders; 4-4:45p.m.)
Charles Johnson Huddle for 7th-12th graders
and their parents and guardians
Community Appreciation Picnic
We’ll celebrate the Middle Georgia community with dinner,
great music, and fun inflatable waterslides. Be sure to stop by
the photo booth. Activities followed by remarks by Charles
Johnson and this year’s scholarship recipient presentations.
We will begin serving 1-6th graders and their parents/
guardians at 5:45p.m.The 7th-12th graders will be served
following the Charles Johnson Huddle’s conclusion at
Please bring lawn chairs, towels and/or blankets to ensure
you enjoy the evening.
Seating will also be available on the bleachers.
Saturday, June 18th
Camp-wide warm up with Charles Johnson
and NFL and NBA Guests
Football Clinic (1s t- 6th graders)
Tennis Clinic (7th - 12th graders)
Cheer Clinic (1st - 6th graders)
Cheer Clinic Performance
Lunch for youth participants
Football Clinic (7th - 12th graders)
Tennis Clinic (1st - 6th graders)
All clinics will be on the Hawkinsville High School Campus, 24
Red Devil Drive, Hawkinsville, Ga.
Please see registration and on-site signage for specific clinic
Thank you to Hibbett Sports
and the Hibbett Sports event
team for helping to make our
goal of providing footwear
to our youth participants a
reality at this year’s event!
Please visit Hibbett Sports’ convenient
retail store locations in Eastman, Perry,
Centerville and Warner Robins, for your
next sporting gear needs.
Hibbett Sports has been a stellar
Walmart Holiday Donation – Charles helped eight local
Charlotte families shop for the holidays, and picked up the
total bill of almost $30,000. Each of the families faced various
difficulties, and were referred by Charlotte nonprofit agencies.
Charles’ donation was able to take some holiday pressure
away from them.
Village at River’s Edge – Charles and Chamire Holdings,
LLC jointly announced the opening of the Village at River’s
Edge affordable housing development in Columbia, S.C. in
May. The development offers attractive and low-cost housing
options for low to moderate income families.
Charlotte Family Housing: $2,500 toward a holiday meal
and shelter supplies for Charlotte Family Housing, which
empowers homeless families to achieve long-term self-
$80,000 toward four NEW college scholarships
HHS Basketball Uniforms – Charles donated uniforms for
the Hawkinsville High School basketball teams for both the
girls and boys basketball teams.
Business Ventures – Charles is a partner in nine different
businesses, collaborating with Charmire Holdings, LLC to
impact single parent families and youth. Charles also plans to
open his own restaurant in Charlotte called CJ’s 4th Ward Fire
House within the next year.
Charles’ support over the holidays for eight families in Charlotte.
Black College Expo – For the third year, the foundation
supported local students from Wilcox County, Bleckley
County and Hawkinsville High Schools to attend the Black
College Expo in Atlanta. In partnership with Chamire
Holdings, LLC and the RIGHT C.h.o.i.c.e.s. Foundation, which is
the foundation of fellow Georgia Bulldog Fernando Velasco,
the Charles Johnson Foundation covered students’ costs for
admission and meals, as well as provided transportation to
and from the event. We appreciate all the chaperones who
donated their time and energy.
PULASKI TOMORROW GRADUATES
Please congratulate Diane Lester, Bianca McBurse and
Alexis Pitts on graduating from the Pulaski Tomorrow 2016
Leadership program! The Charles Johnson Foundation
provided scholarships for these three women to attend
the classes, which focus on understanding leadership,
communicating effectively, making group decisions, building
communities through collaboration and leading community
change. These classes are by led by University of Georgia/
Fanning Institute-trained facilitators.
The program announced that next year it will host a similar,
free Youth Leadership Class, which students can apply to by
submitting work they’ve done through school. The program is
open to students from Hawkinsville High School, Fullington
Academy, The Westfield School, and local homeschools
in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The Youth Leadership Class
will be held opposite years from the Pulaski Tomorrow
Leadership Program for adults, which will resume in the
spring of 2018 with applications open in the fall of 2017. To
learn more and to apply for the Youth Leadership Class, visit
For the third year, the Charles Johnson Foundation covered costs for
local high school students to attend the Black College Expo in Atlanta.
This year’s three Pulaski Tomorrow scholarship recipients at graduation. L to
R: Alexis Pitts, Bianca McBurse, Diane Lester.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST GRADUATES:
HUNTER & EARL!
Knowledge is a special gift that no one can ever take away from you.
Throughout my life, I have demonstrated curiosity and a desire to learn
new and exciting things. I knew that in order to continue to increase my
knowledge of the world around me and to pursue all of my passions in
life, that a higher education was essential. Financially, college can be
intimidating, but thankfully, I have had wonderful family, friends, teachers
and mentors to help me along the way. Specifically, the Charles Johnson
Foundation and those involved with this amazing organization have
provided much guidance and encouragement during my journey through
college. I never anticipated college to challenge me as greatly as it did.
Balancing course work, extracurricular activities, sports, a part-time job and
maintaining important friendships was a major challenge that often caused
me to worry about my ability to remain successful. Without fail, Jennifer
Dobossy provided me with continuous encouragement and uplifting words
on behalf of the Charles Johnson Foundation. It was a very special feeling
to know that this organization stood behind me, believed in my capability
to balance all of life’s demands, and recognized my achievements every
step of the way!
I have come to the end of my undergraduate career and will graduate with a B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and a minor in
Business. Reflecting on the four years that I spent pursuing my degree gives me the opportunity to realize my personal growth. I
have grown and matured tremendously during my time in college and have created many lasting memories through experiences
that I would not have had if I did not to go to college. I have found the phrase “college is the best time of your life” is very true.
Not because you finally have freedom and the opportunity to be an adult, but because you transform into something very
beautiful and significant through education and valuable experiences.
For those of you in middle school and high school, I encourage you to chase after your dreams and pursue a higher education.
No dream is too small and no obstacle is too large whenever you have determination and a true desire to grow. Always look to
the future with optimism and a positive attitude because there are many people that will stand behind you as you chase your
dreams. Always remember that if you are not willing to learn, no one can help you, but if you are determined to learn, no one can
I want to challenge each of you to make a positive impact on the community within the next year. Many of us do not realize just
how heavily a loving gesture can impact the lives of others. We all face struggles every day. I challenge you to take the time to
get to know someone outside of your normal friend group—someone you wouldn’t typically take the time to talk to. Disregard
any judgment from the people around you and be committed to learning about the life of a new friend. You will be very surprised
by what you might learn from people in your own community. It is always wonderful to form new friendships! By taking the time
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For the fifth year, the Charles Johnson Foundation is presenting college scholarships
to deserving senior student-athletes. In each of the previous four years, we have
presented these to one male and one female from Hawkinsville High School. While the
foundation is continuing this, we have also expanded to two additional scholarships
between Bleckley County High School and Wilcox County High School students. With
the addition of this summer’s four scholarship recipients, the foundation has supported
12 college students through this program. We are so proud of this expansion, and look
forward to seeing what wonderful things these students accomplish.
Dear Hawkinsville Community,
The Charles Johnson Foundation Scholarship made a huge impact on my
life while in college. It provided me with assistance and the opportunity to
continue my education, as well as funds for my housing while attending
classes. I can’t express the gratitude I have to Charles Johnson and his
foundation for working with me throughout this four-year process.
My greatest accomplishment in college is the 3.75 GPA I have maintained
while playing four years of collegiate baseball. I was able to post three
semesters with a perfect 4.0, including both semesters my senior year.
The biggest challenge I faced in college was learning how to study. I did
not study much in high school and the courses in college proved to be a
little more strenuous. I was able to adapt and form good study habits over
the course of my tenure in college.
For all of the high school students now, I encourage you to make sure
you study hard while in school. Set a routine that will allow you to have
adequate time on the practice field and in the classroom. Sports have
shown to increase success in the classroom so keep that in mind. Work hard and set goals for yourself so that you will have
something to work toward. If you work hard it will give you the opportunity to apply for this amazing scholarship, which is a big
help financially in college.
I also want to encourage each of you to get involved in the community in Hawkinsville. The entire community has supported all
of us – from football games on Friday nights in the fall, to the baseball games in the spring. Show the community you appreciate
them. Tell them thank you for the support when you see them. Beyond “thank you,” set aside some time to do something
positive for the community. Whether you go out and take dinner to the people in the nursing homes, or you spend some time
each month cleaning up a park a little. The city would be grateful and it would better Hawkinsville as a whole. Even the smallest
gesture betters the community as a whole.
Good luck to everyone in their future endeavors and remember, GO BIG RED!
Georgia Southwestern University Graduate,
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to learn about others you also learn a great deal about yourself. So, get out of your comfort zone and work on building new
friendships! Invest in others and you could potentially help them through a difficult time. You have nothing to lose and everything
LaGrange College Graduate 2016
First Female Charles Johnson Foundation Scholarship Recipient
B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership; and minor in Business.
Hunter accepted a position as marketing campaign manager at Monumental
Management. She will continue to volunteer with local nonprofits in her spare time.
First Male Charles Johnson Foundation Scholarship Recipient
B.S. in Health and Physical Education
Earl will return to HHS to student teach health and
physical education and would like to coach football and baseball
there as well. He is completing his math teaching certification as well.
Warren Singletary, Jr.
After his freshman year, Warren decided to transfer to Dodge
City Community College in Kansas. After completing this two-
year program, he hopes to start work as a Physical Therapy
Assistant. Warren’s goal is to then transfer to a larger four-year
university to play football after playing for Dodge City CC. He
hopes this will put him in the best position to succeed on the
field, while continuing his studies.
After completing her freshman year, Kaitlin continues to pursue
a degree in Education in Athletic Training and Exercise and
Sport Science at the University of Georgia. She hopes to attend
either Physical Therapy school or Physician’s Assistant school,
after graduation. Kaitlin is pursuing summer internship
opportunities to fulfill her program’s required job
shadowing experience in various settings.
Tori has been accepted into the competitive Medical Laboratory
Science program at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where
she just completed her sophomore year. Tori is passionate
helping patients through the discoveries she makes in the
laboratory; and would like to work in a lab in Macon or Atlanta.
She will be taking classes this summer.
Chance spent many hours of his sophomore year tutoring kids
and adults through his Education Leadership Role classes. This
experience reaffirmed to Chance his dream to be a teacher.
Continuing toward a degree in special education, he had an
extremely productive year preparing him for this future career.
He continues to play for the school’s baseball team.
Hunter just completed his junior year at Middle Georgia State
College, where he founded the school’s Kappa Sigma fraternity
at the Cochran campus. The fraternity focuses on fellowship,
leadership, scholarship and service. They have hosted a 5K
run and fundraised for the Wounded Warrior program, as well
as volunteered at the Bleckley County Recreation Department
Opening Day, and here at the foundation’s event. Hunter
recently applied to have a dual major, adding Communication
in addition to his History major. This summer, he will be working
with the Dept. of School Nutrition in Pulaski Co.
Brittany is looking forward to participating in Savannah
State University’s undergraduate Research Apprenticeship
program with a prestigious department professor this summer.
She is eager to learn about conducting research, creating
presentations, and potentially speaking at a conference.
L to R: Front Row: Tori Peavy, Brittany Hill; Kaitlin Giddens, Hunter
Holland, Hunter Bowen-Pollock. Back Row: Jackie Kearney, Chance
Warnock, Charles Johnson, Fernando Velasco
Warren Singletary, Jr.
With the 2016 recipients, the Charles Johnson
Foundation has now distributed 12 college
scholarships from 2012 to 2016.
DQ Grill & Chill, Hawkinsville
is a proud community supporter.
Hawkinsville’s “Big Dawg”
is a proud supporter of the
Charles Johnson Foundation
and the communities that we serve.
Sylandi Brown, Hawkinsvile High School Graduate
Sylandi will attend Valdosta State University in the fall and plans
to major in Middle Grades Education. At Hawkinsville High School,
she earned varsity letters in tennis and cross country. She has a
strong dedication to volunteer work. She spent countless hours
working with the Reaching Excellence Amongst Children’s Hearts
youth mentorship program. She contributed 10 hours per week as a
teacher’s assistant at Pulaski County Middle School and worked in
HHS’s work-based learning youth apprenticeship program. She also
volunteered with the HHS Marching Machines annual Jr. Majorette
Camp. Sylandi has dedicated her time as a tennis coach for the
Sports Academy & Community Weekend.
Matthew Money, Hawkinsvile High School Graduate
Matthew will attend Armstrong Atlantic State University in the fall with
an undeclared major. At HHS, Matthew earned varsity letters in both
football and baseball. Matthew feels that his time spent cleaning up
trash and other pollution along the riverbank and in the surrounding
Hawkinsville community taught him a sense of responsibility for
keeping the environment around him clean. He has also volunteered
his time to help a teacher with a yard sale, help his friend’s family
move, and watch his younger cousins over the summer.
Taylor Harrell, Bleckley Co. High School Graduate
Taylor will attend the University of Georgia in the fall, and plans
to major in Civil Engineering. At Bleckley County High School, he
earned varsity letters in cross country and track and field. Taylor has
volunteered his time at a running camp helping coach and mentor
kids while encouraging them to set goals. He has also volunteered at
the Middle School State Cross Country Championship, helping with
set up and clean up. He will be the second scholarship recipient to
attend Charles’ former school, UGA.
Ana Claire Gordon, Wilcox Co. High School Graduate
Ana Claire Gordon will attend Mercer University in the fall, where she
plans to major in Sports Business Management. At Wilcox County
High School, she earned varsity letters in golf and as the football
statistician/team manager for four years. Ana Claire volunteered as a
Teen Leader for the Wilcox County 4-H’s Summer Fun Days. She has
also served as a volunteer for the Wilcox Elementary School Literacy
Nights, Jump Rope for Heart, Cookies with Santa, Trunk or Treat,
See You at the Pole, Snow Day and AG day. Additionally, Ana Claire
spent time collecting money for Pennies for Patients, which benefits
Macon Children’s Hospital. She also purchased and delivered
Christmas gifts for children at the hospital.
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 has served as a captain of the team for
Through nine professional seasons, Charles has received All-Pro
recognition on the strength of 63.5 career sacks, placing him among
the premier pass-rushers in the league. Charles ranks second on
the Panthers’ all-time sacks list. He helped Carolina win the NFC
Championship and earn a spot in the 2016 Super Bowl.
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
• Providing opportunities for under-served youth to reach their full
potential through athletic, recreational, and educational programs and
• Providing support for single African American mothers through proven
programs and initiatives.
The Charles Johnson Foundation Sports Academy & 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. Visit
charlesjohnsonfoundation.org to learn more.
• Thank you to our generous sponsors who help make this event possible
every year. We are proud to hold this event free of charge, and are grateful for
the many sponsors who help us continue that way.
• We appreciate the many volunteers and volunteer committee chairs who
work tirelessly to help make this event possible each year.
• A special thank you to our clinic head coaches and volunteer coaches. It is
because of you, your time commitment and dedication that we are able to
offer a variety of sports clinics to our community youth, inspiring them to be
strong athletes, and stronger students.
• We are so happy to have guests from the NFL and NBA who take time each
year to work with kids in the community, encourage them and share their
expertise. We are so thankful for each of you donating your time.
• Special thanks to Taylor Regional Hospital for providing first aid services at the event,
which will be staffed by two trained EMTs, as well as having an ambulance on-site.
• We appreciate continued support from Charles’ NFL team, the Carolina Panthers for their support
both on and off the field. And congratulations on an impressive season and trip to the Super Bowl!
• Thank you to Cam Newton and Under Armour for their generous support of our foundation and its participants.
We are grateful for you helping us to provide our participants with the coolest Under Armour gear!
• Thanks to Complete Graphics Solutions for the donation of approximately $3,000 from proceeds from the custom
“Fan of Charles” t-shirts they created; and for those who participated.The local support and pride for Charles
during the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl was outstanding!
• Thank you to our event planners from Trilucent Group whose coordination, collaboration, eye to detail
and creativity help us to continue to improve this event each year. To learn more about Trilucent Group,
• HAPPY HOUR SERVICE CENTER
Have you seen the blue recycling bins around the high school? We would like to
acknowledge and thank the Happy Hour Service Center of Warner Robins, which
is providing this recycling service for this year’s event. The non-profit, 501(c)3
organization serves adults with developmental disabilities. They provide housing,
training and employment to help each individual reach his or her fullest potential.
Learn more about this great organization at http://www.hcaec.com/
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Taylor Health Care Group is comprised of Taylor
Regional Hospital, Bleckley Memorial Hospital, and
Pinewood Manor Nursing and Rehab. With physician
clinics located in Hawkinsville, Cochran, Vienna,
Kathleen, Eastman, Rochelle and Unadilla, we
provide patients with access to over 140 credentialed
physicians and twenty-five major specialties.
We are now offering a way for school-aged children
to access physician services without leaving the
school grounds, as well. Learn more today about
the convenience of seeing a physician via the new
Telemedicine Program by calling 478-783-0200 or
logging onto our website at www.taylorregional.org.
HawkGrips is a leading manufacturer of
soft-tissue therapy instruments
Hawkinsville High School Booster Club
We are excited to partner with the Hawkinsville High School Big Red Booster
Club as they will cater the Community Appreciation Picnic meal. The booster
club will also open the concession stand during Friday’s and Saturday’s
clinics for additional refreshments for guests to purchase with all proceeds
supporting all Red Devil Athletics.
Thank you to Michelle Elliott and the Archway Partnership in
We value Michelle’s leadership and contributions to this vital community
program. Michelle listens; helps lead, encourage and facilitate conversations;
identifies capacities; aligns resources to address community-identified
priorities; and builds connections with and amongst stakeholders.
Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center
The Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center hosted our first STEM clinics this year. Real I.M.P.A.C.T.
Center is offering a 25% discount to this summer’s Girl Power STEM Camp (girls only)
hosted at Mercer University in Macon, GA on July 5-19. Visit realimpactcenter.com to
register and use online code CJF2016.
The Pulaski County Seamless Summer Meals Program
The Pulaski County Seamless Summer Meals Program is providing lunch for our youth
participants on Friday. Their Summer Meals Program provides free meals for all children
18 years and younger. It will operate Monday through Friday, May 30th - July 22nd (*Closed
Holiday week of July 4th through July 8th).
Locations open to the community thus far:
• Pulaski County Elementary School Cafeteria, 280 Broad Street, Hawkinsville, Ga (Breakfast & Lunch)
• Pulaski County Alternative Learning Center, 72 Warren Street, Hawkinsville, Ga (Breakfast & Lunch)
• Pulaski County High School Courtyard, 24 Red Devil Drive, Hawkinsville, Ga(Breakfast & Lunch)
• Bozeman Area, Hawkinsville, Ga (lunch only)
• WH Mooney Apts, Commerce Street, Hawkinsville, Ga (lunch only)
For additional information, please contact:
Donna Coats, School Nutrition Program
Pulaski County Board of Education, 72 Warren Street, Hawkinsville, Georgia 31036