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DJ Takes Time Away from Training Camp to Host 4th Annual Gearing Up!

Posted By:  Katie Rogers
Thursday, August 10, 2017

KANSAS CITY –  Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker and 2014 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP, Derrick Johnson, welcomed 500 students to Arrowhead Stadium on Wednesday for his 4th annual Gearing Up! back to school program.   Johnson was joined by volunteers from State Farm to hand out school supplies, book bags and more to students
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Cheifs LB Derrick Johnson Opens 12th Discovery Den

Posted By:  Payne Rankin
Friday, March 31, 2017

Some school kids now have a new place to read thanks to Kansas City Chiefs' linebacker Derrick Johnson.  Johnson celebrated the opening of two Discovery Den's Thursday morning - one at Washington Elementary in Olathe, another at Roesland Elementary in Roeland Park.

This room used to be a classroom for students with sensory needs.  Now it will double as a reading room as the shelves are stocked with brand new books.  So far, Johnson's Defend the Dream Foundation has funded 12 reading rooms inside 12 different metro schools.


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Derrick Johnson: Byron “Whizzer” White Man of the Year Award Nominee

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Derrick Johnson has been nominated for the Byron “Whizzer” White Man of the Year Award! The Byron “Whizzer” White Man of the Year Award is presented by the National Football League Players Association, and it honors an NFL player who has best served his team, community and country. The award was established in 1967 by the professional football players of America to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of
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KMBC: Chiefs linebacker opens latest school 'Discovery Den'

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson is following up on Sunday’s big win over the Denver Broncos by continuing his work to spread joy throughout the community.
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Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson Unveils 10th “DJ’s Discovery Den” in a Kansas City Elementary School

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  KANSAS CITY – (November 29, 2016) – Veteran Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Derrick Johnson, has had a busy week—a dramatic overtime win against Denver, hosting more than 100 Chiefs fans at An Evening with Derrick Johnson, a fundraiser benefitting Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation, and opening a DJ’s Discovery Den at King Elementary School. On Tuesday afternoon, DJ visited King Elementary School
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Derrick Johnson to host 'An Evening with Derrick Johnson'

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Thursday, October 27, 2016

  Kansas City, KS – (October 26, 2016) – Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson will host An Evening with Derrick Johnson, on Monday, November 28th. For one night only, Derrick Johnson and the who’s who of Kansas City will join together at Rosso at Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza to support a great cause. Guests will enjoy cocktails and lite bites while mixing and mingling with Derrick Johnson and his foundation's
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Derrick Johnson Distributes 500 Backpacks to Students in Need at His 'Gearing Up!' Back to School Program

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Friday, August 5, 2016

  KANSAS CITY – (August 4, 2016) – What does a veteran Chief do on his day off training camp? Derrick Johnson spent his day off giving back to the community. Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker and 2014 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP, Derrick Johnson, welcomed 500 students to Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday for his 3rd annual Gearing Up! back to school program. Johnson was joined by volunteers from State Farm to hand out school supplie
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Chiefs.com: Derrick Johnson Raised $110,000 At This Year’s Celebrity Waiter Night

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kansas City Chiefs all-time leading tackler Derrick Johnson hosted his fourth annual “Celebrity Waiter Night” benefiting his Defend the Dream Foundation at the Grand Street Café in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday night.In total, the evening raised $110,000 on the evening. Johnson and 14 of his teammates, including Dontari Poe, Alex Smith, Charcandrick West, among others, served as actual
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Derrick Johnson Raises More Than $110,000 at his Fourth Annual Celebrity Waiter Night

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

KANSAS CITY – (June 6, 2016) – Kansas City Chiefs’ Linebacker, Derrick Johnson, welcomed 175 guests to Grand Street Café on Monday, June 6, 2016 for his fourth annual Celebrity Waiter Night, raising more than $110,000 to benefit Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation. Guests enjoyed the unique opportunity of being served appetizers and entrees by their favorite Chiefs. At the Celebrity Waiter Night, Alex S
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DJ Unveils his 9th DJ's Discovery Den in KC

Posted By:  Sean Cox
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

  KANSAS CITY – (April 27, 2016) Veteran Linebacker, Derrick Johnson, unveiled his ninth DJ's Discovery Den at Faxon Elementary School. The opening of this reading room marked the fourth room unveiled this week! DJ’s Discovery Den, a program of Derrick’s Defend the Dream Foundation, transforms a school's unused or underutilized classroom or area into a reading oasis. Each Discovery Den provides access to over 1,200
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