Kenneth "Mr. Gladiator" Johnson: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.
Kenneth Johnson, a son of God was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida in the small community called Lake Road. As a child Kenneth was exposed to various acts of violence in the community, such as random gang shootings, drugs, prostitution and fights. While not only being exposed, he also witnessed a fatal restaurant robbery, and was raised by his mother who was a victim of domestic violence as well. Mr. Johnson developed a passion to end the violence and to bring about change in his community. Kenneth started turning to his faith; praying to God about his frustrations and his passion in wanting to bring forth change in his community. When Mr. Johnson lost some of his childhood friends to drugs, gang shootings, and fatal car accidents, his passion increased.
Category: Community Service
About Kenneth Johnson
Occupation: Support Worker at ARC
Years in Gainesville: 34
Spouse: Racheal Johnson
While attending Eastside High School, he became a football stand out who was highly recruited for many colleges. Entering his senior season Mr. Johnson's father died, which was very heartbreaking and he had a hard time trying to recover from the loss of his father. After his first year of college at Bethune Cookman College, he chose to return home due to the lack of financial and emotional support, only to experience more tragic deaths. He then experienced losing his cousin, a brother, his grandmother and mother within a period of three years. Due to the death of both of his parents, Kenneth was left raising his 6 year old brother.
Mr. Johnson visualized an organization that would be a support system for his generation and many generations to come, regardless of what walk of life he or she may come from. From 2008-2011, Kenneth slept on the floor of his aunts home and worked two, sometimes three jobs; with countless hours of working overtime in order to see No Limit Outreach Foundation be what he visualized for it to be. Mr. Johnson has provided programs in communities such as Lake Road and Tiger Bay Apartments; providing summer and after-school programs, life skills, athletics, and health/nutritional awareness. Since August 2013, Kenneth Johnson has provided services to over 1,000 youth, teens, and has provided assistance to adults and seniors; serving over 2,100 breakfast and lunches to youth and teens in the community during the 2013 No Limit Outreach summer program.
Kenneth "Mr. Gladiator" Johnson currently is employed full-time at ARC, which he works with consumers with various mental and behavioral disorders. When he gets off work at 7am, he is then preparing for another 10 hours of his time to render services to the community. Mr. Johnson and his founded organization, No Limit Outreach Foundation, continues to bring countless hours and dedication to the community, by bringing sound solutions through his GOD given gifts and talents for today's generation. Kenneth "Mr. Gladiator" Johnson is truly deserving of this award.
Nominated by Racheal Johnson