Michael Johnson



The MJ93 Fund,a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, was founded in June 2010 and is dedicated to providing resources to assist underprivileged children to enrich their lives through education and athletics.  Michael Johnson understands the value of education and wants to share his passion with others.


To assist students in achieving their educational and athletic goals through mentoring, tutoring and annual sports camps. 


Develop communication and social skills
Create resources and partnerships within the community to encourage and empower students.
Develop positive self-esteem.
Encourage students to foster the love of education.


Michael grew up in Selma, Alabama where he attended Dallas County High School.  While excelling in athletics, academics remained a priority.  Graduating at the top of his high school class, Michael was heavily recruited and chose George Tech where he majored in Business Management.  A hard worker on and off the field, Michael earned All-American honors from American Football Coaches Association and first team All ACC honors just to name a few.  The 6’7” Johnson started only one year at Tech.  In one year as a starter the talented playmaker was able to amass nine sacks and force 10 fumbles.  Over 15 of his tackles were for losses.  In 2009, Michael was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals as a defensive end.  During Michael’s first season, he played all 16 games, including the Wild Card playoff.  He ended his rookie season with 16 tackles and 3 sacks.  He led the team in passes defended with 5.  The second year player who was drafted in the third round has now been moved from defensive end in 2009 to linebacker in 2010.

Michael believes the success of an exceptional athlete comes from building a strong educational foundation.  Michael’s foundation, MJ93 Fund, was established to support underprivileged children in academics and athletics through mentoring, tutoring and camps.  Through these services it is his aspiration to prepare students for post secondary education.  The statistics of not having that strong educational foundation is astounding.

  • Less than 5% of high school athletes go on to become college athletes
  • Less than 2% of college athletes go on to play professional sports
  • 78% of NFL players are bankrupt or in severe financial distress within 2 years of retirement
  • 60% of former NBA players are broke

Michael hopes to educate and encourage children and families through the MJ93 Fund.  The MJ93 Fund is a tool to secure donations that will provide resources to help children excel on and off the field.  Michael continues to build his career on these simple steps:

Write your goal

Develop your plan

Have a passion for your dream

Commit daily to achieving your goal

Talk with your mentor on your progress

Review and re-evaluate

See it First:  Vision for Success
Visit www.mj93.org for more information.



Thomasene Johnson
MDJ Enterprises, LLC
P. O. Box 522
Selma, AL 36702-0522
Phone: 334-419-3544
Email:  thoms@mdjenterprises.com

Maraskeshia Smith
MDJ Enterprises, LLC
P. O. Box 522
Selma, AL 36702-0522

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MJ93 Foundation tax-exempt status and info:
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee c/o MJ93 Advised Fund
3833 Cleghorn Avenue, Suite 400, Nashville, TN  37215-2519
Tax ID:  62-1471789