June 5, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Coca-Cola Company and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today (June 5, 2006) that Florida State redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) is one of seven recipients of the 2005-06 Coca-Cola Community All-American awards. The Coca-Cola Community All-Americans program recognizes, celebrates and applauds student-athletes who are making a difference in their communities.
Johnson earned the accolades for his continuous outreach in the Tallahassee community and his work overseas, specifically in Haiti. In 2004-05, Johnson worked as the assistant to the executive director for the Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group (HAG) where he provided group members with critical research and analysis on major areas of concern. In April 2005, Johnson became the special assistant to the governor and chief of staff, where he helped implement HAG recommendations and served as a liaison between members of the Florida legislature and the governor’s office during natural disasters.
On the track, the 2006 NCAA Indoor National Shot Put Champion bested his competitors at nationals by over three feet in earning his second All-American honor. Most recently, the FSU school record holder picked up his third NCAA East Region Championship in breaking the region meet record in the shot put with a throw of 66’10.75″ (20.39m). The three-time ACC Champion leads the nation in the event and is the favorite to sweep the outdoor title this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Foregoing his final year of eligibility, Johnson heads to Oxford, England in October of this year to begin his fellowship as a Rhodes Scholar. He was awarded the honor last November after graduating from FSU in three years with degrees in political science and English. He started coursework towards a master’s degree in public administration this year. He also earned FSU’s Golden Torch Award for the highest GPA on the men’s track and field team and is a 2005 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar. He was named to the 2005 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American first team and is a two-time District III team honoree.
The Coca-Cola Community All-Americans will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA’s 41st Annual Convention. Additionally, Coca-Cola will make a $5,000 donation to the community/ philanthropic cause of each recipient’s choice. One winner has been selected in each of the following categories – NCAA Division I-A, Division I-AA, Division I-AAA, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. The following student-athletes have been selected as national Coca-Cola Community All-Americans (listing includes their college or university and their philanthropic cause):
Garrett Johnson, Florida State University, Division I-A, Assembly of Togetherness in Christ
Steve Hutcheson, Iona College, Division I-AA, Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County and Midnight Run
Kara Vaneck, Boston University, Division I-AAA, Cleveland Green Building Coalition and Pan Mass Challenge
Katie Hensley, Emporia State University, Division II, Plumb Place
Patricia Roberts, Washington and Lee University, Division III, Project Horizon
Jenna Kreikemeier, College of St. Mary, NAIA, West Point Central Catholic High School Endowment Fund and College of St. Mary Athletics
Anthony Robinson, West Hills College, JC/CC, Virgie Jenneford Foundation