Selma native Michael Johnson, a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, will once again host his popular football camp this weekend at Memorial Stadium.
Selma native Michael Johnson, a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, will once again host his popular football camp this weekend at Memorial Stadium.

Michael Johnson camp set for this weekend

Published 10:12pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

Area children will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about sports from Selma’s own Michael Johnson, defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson is set to host his 4th annual youth football and cheer camp Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The camp is geared towards children ages 8-17 and costs $20. All funds raised will benefit the Selma-Dallas County YMCA.

“Having that hands-on mentoring is something that’s very exciting for the kids,” said Treavion Davenport, Johnson’s public relations agent. “These guys are hands-on, they’re rolling up their sleeves and taking off their shoes and getting in the grass.”

Davenport said along with other professional football players, a number of cheerleaders for universities and pro football teams will be at the event, helping instruct the cheer camp.

“These are role models that children can look up to and aspire to become,” she said.

Throughout the year, Johnson has donated money to Selma and Dallas County through his contributions to area schools and the YMCA. In 2013 alone, Davenport said Johnson has already given a generous $10,000 to the YMCA.

“Michael is from the Selma and this is his community, so throughout the year he works to raise money for the schools and other organizations,” Davenport said.

Along with a hands-on sports camp, the $20 registration fee will also cover two meals and a T-shirt. Davenport encouraged all parents to bring their children to the program because “it’s a great family atmosphere and a great opportunity.”

“It’s a rare opportunity to be able to interact with a wonderful role model that is like them and from their hometown,” Davenport said. “They’re there to mentor the kids and run drills and offer insight as a professional NFL player.”

For more information or to register for the camp, call (678) 327-8281.

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