Keynote Speaker: Inky Johnson

As a young child, Inky Johnson experienced poverty and violence, both in his home and in his community.  Despite extreme adversity, Inky wanted to have a different life for himself and his family.  His lifelong dream was to play football in the NFL.  Fast forward to his junior year at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, where his successful football career thus far projected him to be a 1st round NFL draft pick.   He suffered a life-threatening injury in his second game of that season that ended the use of his right arm and his football dreams forever. 

Against all odds, he did not give up on his plans to better himself and went on to earn his master’s degree in sports studies from UT.  Today Inky devotes his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth.