Star lineman for the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers and former University of Georgia Bulldog finds it hard to believe that UGA has an office in his hometown of Hawkinsville, Ga., that is working with his foundation to revitalize the community. Since its inception in 2012, the Charles Johnson Foundation has leaned on the Archway Partnership to link it with projects in Hawkinsville, Ga. to fulfill the foundation’s mission of providing opportunities for under-served youth and support for single African American mothers.
That’s meant scholarships for Pulaski Tomorrow, a leadership program run by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, for African American women in honor of Johnson’s mother. Archway Partnership also has a collaboration with LIFE League , an intervention basketball program that was started by three graduates of the Pulaski Tomorrow program. LIFE League now boasts a 90 percent high school graduation rate for program participants.