Inky Johnson to be speaker for UW lunch
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Inky Johnson
Inky Johnson
Inspirational speaker and former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson will be the guest speaker at United Way of Bradley County’s Day of Action luncheon on Friday, Aug. 1.

The luncheon will be held at the Whirlpool facility on Benton Pike, and will begin at noon.

It is a part of the United Way’s second “Day of Action,” which includes local companies providing volunteer services on various projects throughout the community.

Last year, more than 100 volunteers contributed approximately 350 man-hours at local nonprofit organizations. This year, even more are volunteering.

“Right now, we have double the number of volunteers helping on our ‘Day of Action’ projects,” said Patrick Long, United Way vice president of development.

It is appropriate that a “Volunteer” will speak to those in attendance, though most will have completed their work that morning.

Johnson has gone through many obstacles in his life, yet still inspires others to give of themselves through volunteering in and donating to your community.

On Sept. 9, 2006, Johnson sustained a life-threatening injury on the football field. And while his dream of playing professionally was gone, his spirit was not.

His website explains:

“You see a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, ‘Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?’ and you see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. You will be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.”

He is a published author, and will be signing books at the event as well. Books may be pre-ordered through the United Way of Bradley County’s website at

Tickets are still available for the luncheon, but only a limited number remain. Individual tickets are $12.50 each, or a table of four is $50. A table for eight is $80.

“We are so grateful to Whirlpool and Southern Food Management Services for helping sponsor the event,” Long said. “We anticipate having many reservations made in the next few days, so if you wish to attend, please contact Cathy Quintard here at the United Way and reserve your seat.”

For more information, contact the United Way of Bradley County at our office at (423) 479-2020.