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Sports weekend to honor LOC’s Coach Johnson

The Memphis Alumni Chapter of The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) will host its JCJ Sports Weekend honoring Coach Jerry C. Johnson on June 14 through June 16.

Johnson served as head basketball coach and athletic director at the college for 46 years. He led the Magicians for 1,268 games with 821 wins while mentoring a number of future professional basketball players, doctors, lawyers, politicians and educators. He will turn 94 on June 20. His career has been documented in a new film documentary entitled the "First Forgotten Champions: The Legacy of Jerry Johnson."

jerry johnson-coach-100Coach Jerry C. JohnsonIn addition to the invitation-only premiere of the film, highlights of JCJ Sports Weekend include renaming of the school gymnasium on June 14 at 10 a.m., the Celebrity Golf Scramble on June 15, 8 a.m. at Tunica National Golf Course in Tunica, Miss., the Coaches Clinic on June 16, 9 a.m. at C. Arthur Bruce Hall, and a culminating event dubbed the Suits and Sneakers Birthday Celebration: It's A Party – Fun...Food...Games on June 16, also in Bruce Hall gymnasium.

An excerpt from the film will be shown during the birthday celebration, along with video tributes and birthday greetings for Coach Johnson. Proceeds from the JCJ Sports Weekend will be used to endow the Jerry C. Johnson Scholarship Fund. For event tickets and other information, call the LOC Athletic Office at 901-435-1235 or Memphis Alumni Chapter president Jeffrey Higgs at 901-672-8364.

The "First Forgotten Champions" movie produced by Morreco Coleman of Daydream Studios features former players, such as Robert Newman (Most Valuable Player, 1975), other college alumni, elected officials and community leaders. In addition to Newman, those featured in the movie include Jack Collins, Willie Gregory, Dr. Willie W. Herenton, Clint Jackson, Travis King, Larry Lewis, Rickey Means, Robert Newman and Bobby Todd.

Also featured are: Memphis Councilman Myron Lowery; Congressman Steve Cohen; coaches John Calipari, Josh Pastner and Verties Sails Jr.; LOC Trustee Board Chairman Robert Lipscomb and President Johnnie B. Watson, as well as Coach Johnson's daughter, Wanda Haywood, and his son, Jerry Johnson Jr.

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