Fruits of Labor Story

#FruitsOfLabor is a chronological documentary of my life’s most meaningful experiences. As the story unfolds, I hope it’s understood that progress is a process.

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    #FOL Pt23 – All-Star 2013: Houston

    By Johnny on September 25, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt23 – All-Star Houston In 2013, I was on board for yet another Nike All-Star weekend event. For me, this was the best one yet. Mainly because I finally had a complete understanding of what it took to orchestrate an event of this caliber. I was fully aware of expectations and excited to be a part of the experience. But before

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    #FOL Pt22 – Windy City

    By Johnny on September 18, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt22 – The Windy City In 2012, I spent four months living in Chicago. I was offered a job and an apprenticeship and I jumped all over it. It was a hiatus from all things previous. I have visited and worked in Chi-town quite a few times before but it never gets old. My Aunt Marcia and her

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    #FOL Pt21 – World Basketball Festival: DC

    By Johnny on September 11, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt21 – World Basketball Festival The summer after graduation I was still working at Sprint but I was eager for a change. Now that school was wrapped up I was completely focused on starting my career in the sports industry. 2012 was an Olympic year and my ideas were brewing as to how I could get involved.

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    #FOL Pt20 – Masters Degreee

    By Johnny on September 4, 2014
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      The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt20 – Masters Degree Around 2009, my Grandfather and I were discussing my future plans and he asked me how I felt about Graduate School. At the time I was not extremely excited about being tied down to a campus for more years, and no one is ever excited about additional school loans. As the months

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    #FOL Pt19 – All-Star 2012: Orlando

    By Johnny on August 27, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt19 – All-Star Weekend Orlando During my time at CAM, I was still in touch with my Nike colleagues. When January rolled around, all I could think about was how great an experience I had in Los Angeles the previous year and how bad I wanted to do it all over again. After a few weeks, I

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    #FOL Pt 18 – Corporate Athletic Management

    By Johnny on August 21, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt18 – Corporate Athletic Management Once I returned home from  LA, It was back to reality; Sprint and business classes at Virginia State. My LA trip gave me a boost in confidence and refocused me on my search to lock down a job in the sports industry. The way I came across CAM was eerily similar to the way

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    #FOL Pt 17 – All-Star 2011: Los Angeles

    By Johnny on August 14, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabr Story Pt 17 – LA All-Star Weekend The Nike iD trip ended February in Los Angeles. I flew back to Chicago for a week and corresponded with my mentor about working the 2011 All-Star Weekend. I got offered the position as a Jordan Brand Flight Ambassador for what all-star LA was being called, Los Fearless. A few days later

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    #FOL Pt16 – Nike iD Hoops

    By Johnny on August 7, 2014
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      The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt16 – The Nike iD Hoops Tour While I was working at Sprint, I also started Grad school at Virginia State University. One day in my third semester, 2010, I got a call from my uncle Darryl Woods. He’s a well-connected basketball agent from Chicago. He asked if I’d be interested in an opportunity with Nike. Of course I would!

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    #FOL Pt15 – Wireless

    By Johnny on July 31, 2014
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      The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt15 – Sprint Wireless When I graduated HU I didn’t have a sports industry job lined up. At age 22, I was learning myself and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I worked a few jobs the year after college (Dillards, DTLR, Substitute Teaching). I didn’t stay

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    #FOL Pt14 – College Grad

    By Johnny on July 24, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt14 – College Grad Wow 2008. Time really flies! College flew by in the blink of an eye. 5 years very well spent! (lol yes, 5 years). We all go to universities to develop academically and become more educated in a specific field. Graduating is basically the goal of every student, anywhere. I definitely did that and

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    #FOL Pt13 – BluLagoon

    By Johnny on July 17, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt13 – The Lesson of the #BluLagoon  Does anyone remember the #BluLagoon? Part I was a huge success. Part II was a Lesson. 3 Floors, 10 Rooms, 1 Elevator, Swimming Pool, and water front Balcony. The House was sick! The idea for an exclusive beach house party was fostered between my LB’s Jon, Antonio, Ashard and myself. There had

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    #FOL Pt12 – Beta Gamma

    By Johnny on July 10, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt12 – Beta Gamma In 2007, I made the decision to join a Fraternal organization. I spent the latter part of 2007 deliberating which organization was the right fit for me. My late uncle was a member of Omega Psi Phi(ΩΨΦ) and my Grandfather is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi(ΚΑΨ), but a large part of my decision

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    #FOL Pt11 Twelve Credits

    By Johnny on July 3, 2014
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      The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 11  – Twelve Credits Fall 2006, The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association was my first internship ever. The office was close to campus so it seemed like a convenient choice. The 12 credits were required for my major and it was right up my alley in regards to collegiate sports. I thought it was going to be

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    #FOL Pt10 FMITMEAC

    By Johnny on June 26, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt10 – The Fastest Man in the MEAC Somewhere between freshmen and sophmore year I decided to take sprinting more seriously. Perhaps it was my lack of progress on the runway that had me moving to the events with more coaching. But anyhow, I began to sharpen an unrefined talent; Sprinting. Sophmore year I learned that Indoor track was much

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    #FOL Pt9: Culture Shock

    By Johnny on June 19, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt9 –  Culture Shock    On every new level you gotta start from the bottom. My Freshmen year at HU was tough! A barrage of unexpected rules, Track practices were brutal, and as a raw kid from the lower-middle class I just didn’t fit in. The majority of my freshmen year(and I mean 80% of the time)

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    #FOL Pt8: Headed to the PROs

    By Johnny on June 12, 2014
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     The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 8 –  High School Graduation  “Headed to the PROs” They said. Yeah in something other than Sports! 🙂 But no, those years were full of memorable experiences. I graduated High School 11 years ago TODAY June 2003 at age 17. My classmates thought enough of my athletic career to vote me “Most Athletic” for the year book

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    #FOL Pt7: Signing Day

    By Johnny on June 5, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt 7 – Signing Day   Once the season was in full swing signing day came quick! The whole decision process was a blur. The best part about being recruited was all the VIP travel and treatment! The NCAA clearing house allowed High School athletes to take 5 College visits. I used all 5! I took a look at North Carolina,

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    #FOL Pt6: Win or Learn

    By Johnny on May 29, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt6 – Win or Learn – Nike Nationals  Before I was a Nike employee I was a Nike Athlete. I had always wore Nike on my feet in competition but wearing the swoosh on my chest at 17 was an elite feeling. This meet allowed me to run and jump against the best competition in the world. I

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    #FOL Pt5: Key to the City

    By Johnny on May 22, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt5 – Key to the City So winning the State Championship created a little buzz in the area. I was the first state champion from Colonial Heights in 20 years. My principal called me to the office a few days after i’d won and handed me a letter. The letter said that I was to be recognized by

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    #FOL Pt4: The Golden Joy

    By Johnny on May 15, 2014
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    The #FruitsOfLabor Story Pt4 – The Golden Joy (State Championships) 2003 Virginia Indoor State Championships. Fairfax, Va. After a long impactful season, I was seen by many as the best jumper in the state of Virginia. But anyone can argue who’s best. It was up to me to prove it.  By this point in my career I was eager do so. I

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