Ken Johnson



POSITION: Defensive End

COLLEGE: Indiana University

Drafted by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers but chose the NFL
Eight-year starter with the Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals, 1970, 77

I was raised in a home with good values, but in my college years I made some bad choices, using alcohol and drugs. The intense pressure of competition was the excuse that many of my teammates and I gave for our drug use. The drugs not only lowered my potential as an athlete, but also as a student. When I turned my life over to Christ, I found He gave me the strength to deal with the pressure and brought true happiness and peace in my life that drugs just could not give.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”


To Inspire, Encourage and Empower Today's Youth

Students often lack self esteem and face tremendous peer pressure which may cause them to choose drugs, alcohol or even suicide. We work to see students experience:

  • Place (To belong and be accepted)
  • Purpose (Who am I, why am I here, where am I going)
  • Pain relief (Healing from hurts: physically, emotionally, socially and stop self-medicating)
  • Peace (Anxiety, worry, confusion)
  • Passion (Building confidence as I move forward in life)

Ken's Students Comments

Kaitlin 12th Grade, Indiana- “Your talk touched me. I am going to try and help others and stay off drugs”
Lexi 12th Grade, Indiana-“You made me reevaluate life decisions”