Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in 2006. To date, more than $12.4 million has been contributed to various organizations.
The Foundation currently focuses on funding K-12 public education, primarily through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program. Champions Grants are awarded to schools located in El Cajon/San Diego, California; Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties in North Carolina to help address their critical needs.
In addition, each year the Foundation selects 5 charities that support K-12 public education to be featured on Johnson’s Helmet of Hope. Charities are nominated by fans nationwide, and are voted on by the public. Helmet of Hope charities receive a cash grant and national exposure on the helmet worn for a select Cup race.
Finally, the Team Up For Technology program encourages individuals to nominate a K-12 public or charter school in the United States for the chance to compete for a $48,000 technology makeover. Ten schools are selected to submit a video and written application demonstrating why they need a tech makeover. One school is selected to receive the $48,000 cash grant.
The Foundation works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Past Foundation partnerships include working with San Diego Habitat for Humanity to construct four homes on Foundation Lane in El Cajon; building Jimmie Johnson’s Victory Lanes, a four lane bowling center for campers at Pattie and Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C; and funding the construction of the Toddler Playroom at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States.
About Chandra and Jimmie
Jimmie Johnson was born in El Cajon, California, and graduated from Granite Hills High School. The California native began racing motorcycles at the age of five. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to the Midwest to continue his auto racing career. Johnson is a 7-time NASCAR Champion.
Chandra Janway Johnson is a native of Muskogee, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in business communication and moved to New York City where she began a modeling career.
Chandra and Jimmie have two daughters, Genevieve and Lydia.