From Hawkinsville, Ga., to the University of Georgia, to the Carolina Panthers, Charles Johnson made a name for himself at each stop in his football career.
He can’t help but come back to the place where it all started.
Kids in central Georgia benefit from the Charles Johnson Foundation each summer at his annual camp. It’s free each year, and this weekend, campers got lessons in basketball, dance, cheerleading and football.
The Panthers’ veteran defensive end not only gives during his camp – he made some news during football season.
After Hawkinsville won state, Johnson paid for the team to come watch the Falcons play Carolina in the Georgia Dome.
“I know how hard it took for us to get anywhere near a state championship. I know how hard a struggle that was,” Johnson said. “I had to award the guys; let them know that being an alumni for this school, I recognize the talents. I see them, by word of mouth or social media. I just want to show my appreciation for what they were doing.”
It was a big weekend for Charles and his foundation. Johnson got the key to the city, and gave out two scholarships. Each one, awarded to Kaitlin Giddens and Warren Singletary, is worth $20,000.