March 27, 2015
THE FLATS — Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech’s career leader in tackles by a defensive back, was recognized as the 2015 Peach of an Athlete Amateur Role Model by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The 31st Peach of an Athlete Awards Banquet was held Tuesday, March 24, at the Cobb Energy Center.
Johnson is the first Yellow Jackets football player to win the honor since Roddy Jones in 2011.
The Peach of an Athlete awards banquet, which was hosted by Fred Kalil and Sam Crenshaw, recognizes deserving athletes whose character, scholastic achievement, athletic excellence and commitment to community service most closely match the aims and ideals of the Scouting program.
Johnson, a native of Tyrone, Ga., started 12 of 13 games in 2014 as a senior safety, helping the Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 record and the 2014 Orange Bowl championship. He tallied 72 tackles — the fourth-most on the team — and finished his career with 283 stops. He earned the 2014 Defensive Effort Award at the team’s end-of-season banquet.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management in December 2013 and his master’s degree in building & facility management in December 2014. He made the Dean’s List for four semesters, and was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient. As a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, he helped raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, participated in a children’s mentoring program and helped beautify Tech’s campus.
Track & field’s Morgan Jackson was also recognized as one of the 12 student-athlete honorees at the banquet. Jackson, the 2014-15 President of Georgia Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board, was named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Indoor and Outdoor Track Teams. The Kennesaw, Ga., senior has lettered in cross country for three years and is currently participating in her fourth season with the track team as a distance runner.
For the past 30-plus years, the Peach of an Athlete awards banquet has raised funds for the Boy Scouts of America, while recognizing athletes who display the Boy Scout ideals of character, scholastic achievement, athletic excellence and commitment to community service.
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The values of Scouting have never been as important as they are today. The Atlanta Area Council offers young people responsible fun and adventure that instills in them lifetime values.
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