From a news release:
L’Anse Creuse High School has been selected as the first school launching a partnership with the Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc (CJJRF), which aspires to improve the lives of underprivileged youths and their families.
The partnership will include a football camp, health fair, educational sessions, grooming and etiquette, and physical fitness.
CJJRF is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Calvin Johnson Jr, All-Pro NFL wide receiver of the Detroit Lions. The mission of the Foundation is to change the mindset of youth from struggle to survival, from poor self-esteem to excitement of life, from dependent thinking to goal setting self-sufficiency, and from hopelessness to empowerment.
The Foundation emphasizes that these goals can be achieved through education, leadership training, football camps, mentorships, student scholarships, and financial assistance to community organizations.
“Our main goal is to assist youth with limited financial resources ‘catch’ their dreams on and off the field,” Johnson said in a news release. “Therefore, providing opportunities that will impact the lives of youth and allow them to rise out of seemingly difficult situations and mature into productive members of society.”
L’Anse Creuse High School Athletic Director Orlando Medina said the opportunity to work with Johnson’s Foundation is both thrilling and meaningful.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to impact the lives of students through education, health, and sports it's exciting,” Medina said. “The program’s focus on shaping students into quality
citizens makes the program even more enticing. ‘Catching Dreams,’ that's what it's all about.”
L’Anse Creuse High School is located at 38495 L’Anse Creuse Road.
The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. is supported by CapTrust Financial Advisors, Comerica, RE/Max, Branns, EA Sports, Detroit Lions Charity, Education Transformation LLC, Cicchinni Custom Clothier, Calvin Johnson Jr., and Calvin Johnson Jr. Enterprises. Inc., NIKE, and individual donors.