Johnson on community initiative: “I don’t feel pressure to be involved, it’s more fun”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on September 18, 2012 – 5:11 pm

“Being more involved within the City of Detroit is a big thing that we’re trying to do more of with my foundation.

“We do see things up here. I know especially this year from board meetings we’ve had, we’re putting more effort into working with the children here or doing food drives here for the hungry in the winter time.

“Just those efforts, they’ll continue to grow up here. It’s really important, especially with the youth, helping these guys be productive with their off time whether it be sports or academics. That’s the focus of what we’re trying to do and help these young people become leaders in the future.

“It’s not hard for us to connect with kids here for the main reason they’re taking us in. So it’s more of a responsibility for us. A lot of the guys on the team are household names so automatically the community is going to take us in. They want us to be around so it’s just upon us to give our time and efforts.

“I don’t feel pressure to be involved, it’s more fun – especially when you get to work with kids because they bring energy and keep you young. Playing with the kids today at the Living for the City event – that was really cool. I haven’t played foursquare since I was like 10 years old.

“I got to have some good interactions with the kids. It sucks that we didn’t get to spend a little more time with them because we had a lot of talking and other stuff like that. But we did have fun. I got to meet a lot of them and they seemed like they had a good time.”


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