Pro Football Star and Orlando native hoop it up for Type 1 Diabetes
Orlando Florida. Pro Football star and Orlando native Chris Johnson is giving back to his hometown during Pro Bowl Weekend by producing a charity basketball game on Saturday January 27 th at Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Rd Orlando FL 32819.
The Suntrust Chris Johnson Celebrity Superslam presented by Cricket Wireless will feature Chris and his celebrity friends from the world of sports and entertainment. The game will feature current and former NFL players, reality stars, former boxing greats, social media celebrities and many more. Some notable names include former boxing great Antonio Tarver, NBA Hall of Fame player Tracy McGrady, rapper Jim Jones, NFL stars Lesean McCoy of the Bills, Pierre Garcon of the 49ers, Desean Jackson of the Buccaneers, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie of the Giants, former all pro defensive end Simeon Rice of the Buccaneers, former Chicago Bears Devin Hester, former Bengals star Ochocinco and playboy playmate Charlotte Lambert among others. The event will include a silent auction, giveaways, autograph signing as well as many other player/
fan interactions. Part proceeds from the event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Florida Chapter and its efforts in finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and the Chris Johnson Foundation.
About Chris Johnson
Born in Orlando, Florida, Johnson emerged as a senior for East Carolina University where he broke out for 2,960 all-purpose
yards and 24 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, after running a
then-record breaking 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. In 2009, he won the NFL rushing title with
2,006 yards (the sixth of only seven players ever to gain over 2,000 in a season), and broke Marshall Faulk's record of total
yards from scrimmage with 2,509. This earned him the nickname CJ2K. He has been to three Pro Bowls and was the NFL's
Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. Johnson has also played for the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He is currently
32 on the NFL all-time rushing.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate life-changing
breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion
in research funding since their inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their
local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to
pool resources, passion and energy. Learn more at jdrf.org.
Sponsors of the event includes Suntrust Bank (title sponsor, www.suntrust.com) one of the nations largest and strongest
financial services companies, offering a full suite of products and services designed to meet the needs of their consumer,
business, corporate and institutional clients, Cricket Wireless LLC(presenting sponsor, www.cricket.com) an American
prepaid wireless service provider in the United States. Cricket Wireless is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc. that
offers mobile voice, text, and data. Cricket Wireless was founded in 1999 by Leap Wireless International, Inc, Body Armor
(www.drinkbodyarmor.com) The Louis Law Firm, (www.louisfirm.com) Zumer Sport, (www.zumersport.com), Venturion
Marketing Group and New Era Cap Co (www.neweracap.com). Tickets are $20 advance online at
https://cjcelebritysuperslam2018.eventbrite.com or $30 at the door.