Kansas City Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson Reveals Three “DJ’s Discovery Dens” to Students and Families of Local Title I Kansas City Elementary Schools
Posted By:  Payne Rankin
Friday, May 22, 2015

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KANSAS CITY – (May 20, 2015) –
Kansas City Chiefs’ Linebacker and 2014 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP Derrick Johnson had a busy week giving back to the Kansas City community through his Defend the Dream Foundation, whose mission is to provide low income and inner city young people with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential.


Following a successful Celebrity Waiter Night Monday, DJ launched the first of three DJ’s Discovery Dens Tuesday at Academia de Ninos sponsored by Pepsi Co.  Johnson launched another at Satchel Paige Elementary School sponsored by Smart Local Union 2 on Wednesday afternoon.  Later that day he launched the third Discovery Den, sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP at Crispus Attucks Elementary.


Johnson attended each launch and read a book aloud to students after a formal ribbon cutting and dedication.  Each Discovery Den will provide access to over 1,000 books donated by Scholastic and a fun, cool environment to read with friends and family for inner city students.


“The primary focus of my foundation is education,” said Johnson.  “I’m very passionate about kids.  My mom’s been a school teacher for over 40 years, she loves working with kids, and I got that trait from her.  In the inner city, the reading level is below [average] before they get into the 4th grade.  There’s a big percentage of them not finishing school.  Education is the key for them to make it out of the economic situation they’re in right now.”


Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation has plans to install several additional Discovery Dens in the fall of 2015, with the goal of eventually reaching every Title I school in Kansas City.


Community outreach programs of Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation like the Discovery Dens are made possible by fundraisers such as Celebrity Waiter Night. Derrick Johnson just hosted his Third Annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Grand Street Cafe on the evening of Monday, May 18 raising $140,00 for the foundation. For more information on events and programs like these, and to learn how you can help support the foundation, please visit


About Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation

Established in 2012, the mission of Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation to provide low income and inner city young people with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit



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