Johnson excited about camp

Published 9:51 pm Saturday, April 30, 2011

Xaviere Irby and Michael Johnson dry a car off Saturday at Autozone during Concordia College’s fundraiser for the Student Activities Committee. Johnson was helping while trying to raise awareness for the Michael Johnson Youth Football and Cheer Camp 2011. -- Chris Wasson

While the NFL draft was happening in New York, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson was working.

Not with weights or strength and conditioning coaches to get strong, but with a rag and six other Concordia College-Selma students washing cars in an effort to raise money for the Student Activity Committee and awareness for Johnson’s second Youth Football and Cheer Camp.

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Concordia SAC advisor Xavier Irby said the school was raising money for fall events.

“We need money for homecoming and different things,” Irby said. “We do all of these different things throughout the year and need money for it, so this is just, like, your typical fundraiser. I just thought it would be a good idea to talk to Mrs. (Thomasene) Johnson and see if we could get Michael out here too.”

The students were busy all morning cleaning, working hard to raise the money, all with Johnson alongside rag in hand hoping to raise awareness for the event that is scheduled for May 21.

“I’m not sure how many have signed up yet,” Michael said. “It always picks up as we get closer to the event. I just know whoever signs up and comes out is going to have a good time out there.”

Thomasene, the fund director and business manager for MJ93 Fund, said she was excited for the chance presented to get the word out about this year’s installment of the camp.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to come out today,” Thomasene said. “Next week we will get to be at Advanced Auto parts. We are just so excited to have kids have the opportunity to come out.”

This year’s camp will feature new drills and new faces for the campers, from 8-17 including a representative from Georgia Tech University explaining the eligibility requirements for colligate athletes.
“We are really encouraging the parents and public to come out,” Thomasene said. “We want them to know what it takes for their child to get to the next level.

Registration forms for the camp are available at Calhoun Foods, Memorial Stadium, AutoZone and can be found online at