"We are a team of Committed, Compassionate, Compelling, and Change Agent individuals that believe we can go far in creating a stable environment for our Urban High School Athletes."
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR URBAN ATHLETES
Providing Housing Support
LORNA TINNEY JOHNSON
After 37 years in the mission field, God gave Lorna Tinney Johnson an unexpected assignment to address a growing reality in central Florida. As a track coach and mentor to young people, Johnson knows first - hand the power of investing in the lives of high school students. But what she didn't know was how many of these students grappled daily with homelessness and transient lives.
"You've got kids that are trying to be normal, without anyone knowing they don't have any food, or they’re going hotel to hotel, or living in the woods," she explains. "Even grown adults don't want to stay in the shelters. They’d rather live on the streets."
Serving as a missionary with the international ministry Cru, Johnson thought God was calling her to leave vocational missions in 2013. Instead, she shifted her professional gears and turned her towards what she calls "a new blueprint for her life."
The US Department of Education Database states, "Students from historically disadvantaged minority groups (American Indian, Hispanic, Black) have little more than a fifty-fifty chance of finishing high school with a diploma.
(Click the link to read the full article http://www.urban.org/publications/410934.html )
Johnson wants to change that through the Orlando Athletic Training Academy. The academy is an idea to respond to the needs of Orange County's homeless athletic teens.
In Minneapolis, Lorna was the President of the Jordon Area Community Council. This was her neighborhood association that operated a million dollar plus budget. She coordinated working with the mayor, police, and city services.
An outstanding athletic star, Lorna Tinney represented the United States to Moscow for the International Games of 1973.
She was ranked the 4th highest hurdler in the United States.
Alternate for 1972 Olympic Games - 100-meter Hurdles & Pentathlon.
A GLIMPSE INTO LORNA'S PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH HER ATHLETIC CAREER
MEET OAT ACADEMY'S CONTRIBUTORS
DR. PATRICIA RAMSEY, ED.D
ABIGAIL EDELSTEIN, ESQ.
Lorna has been a bastion of hope for me both when I was a young leader and now as an aspiring influencer. Lorna's stand for integrity first speaks volumes to me. Her lifestyle exudes confidence in God and an unwavering commitment to concepts and principles that help us grow, achieve, and overcome formidable obstacles. Lorna has been a beaming signal pointing toward resilience and never-ending trust in God. It has served me well to listen to her at very pivotal times of my life, and for that, I am thankful.
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Lorna was a mentor and mother figure to me in high school. From allowing me to join her family for dinner, to teaching me Bible studies and life skills like ironing my clothes and cooking. Lorna took me under her wing as though I were one of her very own daughters. She invested in my athletics, spiritual, relational, and emotional development in my teenage years. I have nothing but gratitude for her example of hospitality, love, and intentionality toward me during my formative years.