Contacts:  Robin Waxenberg 
Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159


The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), hosting its 59th annual meeting and clinical symposia in St. Louis, will honor hometown favorite Demetrious Johnson with its Bill Chisolm Professional Service Award on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Established in 1994, the Ethnic Minority Advisory Council paid tribute to the late Bill Chisolm by establishing a service award in his name.  The award is presented annually by the NATA’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) to an individual who has significantly advanced the provision of athletic health care services to ethnically diverse individuals, or has made significant contribution to the professional development and advancement of ethnically diverse athletic trainers.

Johnson grew up in the Darst-Webbe Housing Project. He was the youngest of eight children and was raised by a single parent. Johnson a graduate of McKinley High School, and earned a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia.  Johnson graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a major in Counseling Psychology. Upon graduation, Johnson played eight years in the National Football League (NFL).

Following his retirement from pro football, Johnson became the National Sales Manager for the Athletic Sports Medicine Division of Covidien (formerly known as Sherwood and Tyco Healthcare/Kendall).  He has connected with, directed and guided numerous Certified Athletic Trainers and athletic training students in a positive direction.

With a deep desire to encourage and support underprivileged children to reach their potential, Johnson created the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation, Inc.  The Foundation’s motto is, “Helping today’s youth towards a better tomorrow.”  Its mission is to help better the lives of inner-city youth by providing mentoring, financial, vocational/tutorial and scholastic assistance programs.

Johnson remains active in many local and civic organizations and is a frequent motivational speaker.  His other commitments include: Football analyst for KSDK-TV, host of "The Demetrious Johnson Show" on WHHL Hot 104.1fm every Sunday Morning 8am-10am, has a TV show "Sports Wave" and does high school football commentary for Charter Communications.

Johnson married his high school sweetheart, Patricia, and has three daughters: Ashley, Taylore, and Alexandria.

About the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA):
Athletic trainers are unique health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 30,000 members of the athletic training profession. NATA advocates for equal access to athletic trainers for patients and clients of all ages and supports H.R. 1846. Only 42 percent of high schools have access to athletic trainers. NATA members adhere to a code of ethics.

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