Newsletter Signup

CONCORD, N.C. – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson announced today that seven schools will receive $308,584 in Champions Grants this year.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant awards included $183,555 toward science and technology programs, $63,206.37 toward language and literacy initiatives, $39,726.38 for health and wellness activities and $22,096.71 toward school improvement projects.

“Schools have so many, wide-ranging needs,” Johnson said. “We were very impressed by this year’s applications, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these important projects through the Champions Grant program.”

The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around the hometowns of Johnson and his wife, Chandra, in San Diego and El Cajon, California, and Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in Charlotte, North Carolina.

More than $5.6 million has been contributed through the Champions Grant program since 2009.

The 2018 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:


  • Knox Middle School (San Diego)
  • WD Hall Elementary School (El Cajon)  

North Carolina

  • Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte)
  • R. Brown McAllister STEM Elementary (Concord)
  • Steele Creek Elementary School (Charlotte)


  • KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory (Tulsa)
  • Pershing Elementary School (Muskogee)