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Posted Date: 12/17/2018

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Announces $300,000 in Champions Grants

Seven Champions Grants Awarded to K-12 Public Schools

in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson’s Hometowns


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today that seven schools will receive $308,000 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around Chandra and Jimmie’s hometowns in California and Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in North Carolina.


Muskogee Public School’s Pershing Elementary was one of seven schools selected for the Champions Grant this year. Pershing plans to use funds received from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant towards an innovative and immersive laboratory that will allow students to collaborate with their peers using the STEAM framework.


Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant Program logo“Schools have so many, wide-ranging needs,” Jimmie Johnson said. “We were very impressed by this year’s applications, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these important projects through the Champions Grant program.”


“I am so thrilled that we have been selected to receive a Jimmie Johnson Champions Grant in the amount of $55,000. With these funds, we will be improving our STEAM lab with state of the art technology including Google Expedition Goggles, IMAC computers, and Microscopes,” said Pershing STEAM Lab Specialist Lauren Fort. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to give our students the materials needed to help them be 21st century innovators and thinkers for the world of tomorrow!”


This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant awards included $183,555 toward science and technology programs, $63,206.37 toward language and literacy initiatives, $39,726.38 for health and wellness activities, and $22,096.71 toward school improvement projects.


The 2018 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:


North Carolina

  • Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary School (Concord, North Carolina)
  • Steele Creek Elementary School (Charlotte, North Carolina)



  • Knox Middle School (San Diego)
  • WD Hall Elementary School (El Cajon, California)



  • KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee, Oklahoma)


More than $5.6 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.


To see a detailed list of the 2018 Champions Grant projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.



About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $11.5 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education. For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.