The Johnny Townsend Fund

Florida Gators Football punter Johnny Townsend has founded The Johnny Townsend Fund benefiting the greatest needs in the pediatric oncology infusion clinic. He shared the inspiration behind his generosity:

Throughout my career as a student-athlete at UF, I have had many opportunities to interact and form bonds with pediatric cancer patients at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. I have always looked for ways to use my platform as a student-athlete to benefit and brighten to the day of patients, their friends and their families.

 

Having the opportunity to give back to UF Health to benefit the patients means a lot to me personally. My grandfather Carl was a cancer survivor and spent time at UF Health during his treatment. Knowing firsthand the impact cancer can have on the patients, friends and families dealing with it, I had no trouble finding motivation to give back. — Johnny Townsend

Johnny with his grandparents, Carl and Mary Townsend. Carl Townsend was a UF Health Shands cancer patient in the 1980s who survived the disease until June 22, 2017.

Johnny with his grandparents, Carl and Mary Townsend. Carl Townsend was a UF Health Shands cancer patient in the 1980s who survived the disease until June 22, 2017.

Florida Gators Football punter Johnny Townsend with his grandfather

Johnny Townsend and his late grandfather, Rocco English.

A redshirt senior, Johnny garnered First and Second Team All-America accolades by CBS Sports and Fox News, respectively, in 2016. He was one of 10 Ray Guy Award semifinalists and ranked first in the nation with a 47.9 yard average on 64 punts for the season. Townsend was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2016.

Here are a few of Johnny’s other notable accomplishments throughout his extraordinary football career: