NFL’s Johnson returning to Selma for MJ93 Fun Fest

Published 7:36 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Michael Johnson Foundation will host the MJ90 Fun Fest this Saturday at Concordia College Alabama. (File Photo | times-Journal)

The Michael Johnson Foundation will host the MJ93 Fun Fest this Saturday at Concordia College Alabama. (File Photo | times-Journal)

The popularity of an NFL player’s summer camp has inspired an annual Fun Fest event for all ages.

Concordia College Alabama is scheduled to host the MJ93’s Fun Fest Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west campus, located on Broad Street.

Led by the Michael Johnson Foundation, the Fun Fest is normally conducted in unison with the annual Youth Football and Cheer Camp led by NFL player and Selma native Michael Johnson.

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“We were very honored when a representative from the Michael Johnson Foundation reached out to us to hold the event on our campus,” said Abby Campbell, Concordia’s director of public relations. “We’re happy to be able to partner up with a foundation that supports such wonderful causes.”

The event will include a variety of games, such as ring toss, kickball and bingo. Musical entertainment will be provided.

Michael’s mother, Thomasene Johnson, said Michael plans to attend the Fun Fest to interact with guests.

“Many Selma residents have never been on our campus, so we are most excited for the community to get a better sense of who we are as a college while enjoying a really great event,” Campbell said.

Admission is $5 for those older than 3 years old.

Profits from the event will be used to fund the Michael Johnson Foundation, which promotes health by encouraging kids to commit at least 60 minutes daily to physical activity.

Thomasene said Michael created the foundation in response his family’s health history of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“Children nowadays really don’t get enough exercise, because they are so into their cell phones and computers,” Thomasene said. “This way they can get outside, get plenty enough vitamin D from the sun and get active.”

Lydia Chatmon with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, plans to attend the Fun Fest as a vendor, informing children and their parents about her company’s new program.

Chatmon said she appreciates the Johnsons for having a stellar event that contributes to the nationwide fight against obesity.

“The fact that it’s going to be hosted at Concordia is a great thing, because now the students will be introduced to a great campus,” Chatmon said. “That’s something our young people need to have access to.”

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