Michael Johnson returns for annual Family Fun Day

Published 7:39 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

For the sixth year in a row, Dallas County alumni and defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals Michael Johnson will host the MJ 93-90 Family Fun Day in Selma before he begins his ninth season in the NFL.

The event will be held this upcoming Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma.

“This is the last event we do for the summer before football season begins,” Michael’s mother Thomasene Johnson said. “Michael comes home, and he interacts with the children.”

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Johnson has been involved in the Selma community since he was a student at Dallas County, where he was involved with projects like Habitat for Humanity and Lobster Fest. While at Georgia Tech, he helped organize a mentoring program for inner city kids called Brotherhood of Excellence. He continued giving back as a professional with the Boys and Girls Clubs and running camps here in his hometown.

“It’s a fun day,” she said. “And of course, we’ll have prizes.”

There will be plenty of food, music, games and activities for everyone who attends. Activities will range from water slides and bouncy houses to bingo and Zumba. Kona Ice will also be on deck to keep everyone cool with their flavored shaved ice.

Admission is simply a donation of at least one non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Selma Area Food Bank.

“This year, whatever amount is donated, we will match it with a monetary gift as well,” Johnson said.

This year, the Johnson’s are welcoming the New York Life Insurance Child I.D. program as a new addition to this year’s Fun Day. Michael’s parents registered him for the program when he was just four years old. They will be providing information to parents on how the benefits of the program could assist them.

“It’s a nice tool to have for parents in case anything happened to their children. In case they get kidnapped or something like that. You would have something to help find that child,” Johnson said.

The date is set and the whole community is invited to share the day with Michael before he heads off to camp.

“He just loves Selma and he loves the kids in Selma,” his mother said. “He wants to do whatever he can to help encourage them and give them some vision of success.”

The Bengals start training camp on July 28, and the season begins with a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.