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Record Number: 3391
Displayed from: Sep 06, 2007 , until: Sep 14, 2007
Indianapolis Colts Chaplain Ken Johnson will be the guest speaker at the back-to-school night at Ward Education Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Johnson grew up in the inner city of Dallas, Texas, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, extreme poverty and a sense of hopelessness. His family moved more than 18 times within the same city before he graduated from high school. He saw his mother struggle to do whatever she could to make ends meet. The light at the end of Johnson's tunnel was sports. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing basketball, track and football. He earned a football scholarship from the University of Tulsa in 1979 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1984. A knee injury kept him from pursuing professional football, and he decided to serve as a police officer until 1989. He then moved to Indianapolis where he joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and became the Protestant chaplain for the Colts. Johnson founded Helping Hand Group, an organization dedicated to serving inner-city youth. He also founded Ken Johnson Enterprises, and is a nationally known motivational speaker, evangelist and recording artist. The event is not open to the public, but media are invited to attend.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.