The Inky and Allison Johnson Foundation has awarded the 2015 Overcoming Adversity Scholarship to Jakayia (“Kay Kay”) Fain, graduating senior at Fulton High School in Knoxville, TN. Fain was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Project GRAD Knoxville College/Career Access Coach Justin Long. Fain, the second of seven siblings raised by a single mother, began playing basketball as a child to escape the harsh realities of public housing. Despite the tragic death of her mother two days before her 16th birthday and a torn ACL, Fain was determined to finish strong. She returned to basketball, was named All-District and All Region MVP and will graduate with honors on May 13.
The Johnsons established the Overcoming Adversity Scholarship to recognize a student who has exhibited determination to push beyond great adversity in the pursuit of education. Inquoris “Inky” Johnson was injured when a routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury. Despite a paralyzed right arm, daily pain, and constant physical challenges, Inky obtained a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He is an inspirational speaker and mentors athletes and youth. Johnson and wife Allison reside in Atlanta, GA.
(Inky and Allison Johnson Foundation)