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
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:
- Townsend accepts invite to 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl
- Ray Guy Award candidate Johnny Townsend speaks with CBS4
- Townsend earns another record: His 232 punts are the most all-time at Florida!
- Named to SEC Community Service Team
- Named to Sports Illustrated 2017 All-American Team