DULUTH, Ga., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses (America's Best) and nationally renowned standup comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley are recognizing and saying "thank you" to TeJay Johnson – a finalist in the national America's Smiliest Role Model Contest – for his work to inspire and mentor young students in the Arlington/Fort Worth, Texas, community.
Instead of pursuing a career in the NFL after playing football at Texas Christian University, Johnson decided to complete his college degree and enroll in Teach For America after graduation. Currently, Johnson continues to be an advocate for education as a middle school teacher and as a football coach at Ousley Junior High School. "Coach TeJay" is admired by his student athletes for his leadership and demeanor both on and off the football field. He instills a love for community service among players by asking them to participate in service projects throughout the year and also helps many of them apply for college and stay focused on their studies.
"Coach TeJay always asks us 'What do you want your legacy to be?'" said Johnson's nominator, Elijah McCutcheon, a student at Dunbar Highschool. "I've never had a mentor or coach who pushes me outside of the sport that I play, but there is no other like this man. Coach has changed my outlook on life and community service and put me and my teammates on a different track. He is definitely the kind of man I would like to be."
About The America's Smiliest Role Model Contest
America's Best and Rickey Smiley partnered to create the America's Smiliest Role Model Contest to recognize role models around the nation who are making a difference in their communities and inspire more people to step up and do the same. The search for America's Smiliest Role Model took place in September and October of 2014. The contest was open to anyone in the U.S. and nominations were submitted online at AmericasBest.com/Smiley.
As an America's Smiliest Role Model Finalist, Johnson will receive a Rickey Smiley Eyewear™ Prize Pack (two pairs of Rickey Smiley Eyeglasses, with frames, single vision plastic lenses and an eye exam, a $104.95 value) and America's Best will make a $500 donation to the cause of his choice.
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