Today, I’d like to proudly thump my chest a little about one of the drivers from the sport I follow the most, NASCAR, and that’s Jimmie Johnson.
He’s taken his foundation, the Jimmie Johnson foundation, and contributed around $600,000 in education grants to schools in and around the hometowns of Jimmie Johnson and Chandra Johnson. Those towns being Muskogee, Okla., and El Cajon, Calif..
Their grants will be helping schools get things like labs and computers up and running, helping the education of those lucky kids.
“The 2012 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
-Construction Tech Academy (San Diego, Calif.)
-Flying Hills Elementary School (El Cajon, Calif.)
-Santana High School (Santee, Calif.)
-A.T. Allen Elementary School (Concord, N.C.)
-Billingsville Elementary School (Charlotte, N.C.)
-KIPP: Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
-Piedmont I.B. Middle School (Charlotte, N.C.)
-Alice Robertson Junior High (Muskogee, Okla.)
-Creek Elementary School (Muskogee, Okla.)
-Irving Elementary School and Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee, Okla.) “
I know that Jimmie Johnson is not the only athlete who supports schools, nor is NASCAR the only sport that backs this kind of initiative either. But it’s the sport I focus on and it was nice to see someone doing something.
That in an era when advertisers drop ~$10 billion per season to advertise to television consumers, and when governments drop millions to billions to convince voters what power structure to keep in office.
So yes, it’s nice to see someone actually do something good for the future of our future generations.