Calvin Johnson, a standout wide receiver for the NFL’s Detroit Lions and former Georgia Tech star, will be hosting his Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation gala in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
The event – which alternates between Detroit and Atlanta – will take place on June 22. The event honors six student-athletes who play high school football and awards them with college scholarships. It will begin with a silent auction which features autographed memorabilia signed by Hall of Fame players, Johnson and his Lions teammates.
“We actually may have some sightings from some big-time players in the league from now and the past,” said Johnson.
Johnson was a business management major at Georgia Tech but was drafted into the NFL as a junior. He plans on finishing his degreeas soon as he gets the chance.
Until then, Johnson says the scholarship program is his way of giving back and bringing awareness to young people about the importance of a college education.
“(These kids) might play on the next level somewhere, but they’ve got to understand how important education is,” Johnson said. “That’s one thing that we are striving to push on those kids is how important it is to get those good grades. Especially in high school, that’s when it really counts. I’m hoping it strikes a chord with them.”
(Photo: Calvin Johnson, center, with previous scholarship recipients.)