Flight for Life Inquoris “Inky” Johnson, known for his inspiring life journey overcoming a tragic football injury, will address undergraduates at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as the keynote speaker for the start of the season. fall on December 10 at 9:00 a.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The alumni balaclava will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9 at the arena. First-generation college graduate doctoral student Bikash Bogati will address the graduates at the ceremony.
The university will award approximately 1,088 undergraduate degrees and 578 graduate degrees and certificates.
Three Air Force Cadets from the ROTC will be commissioned during the undergraduate ceremony.
Both ceremonies will be webcast live on the launch website.
On September 9, 2006, what started out as a normal college football game at Neyland Stadium changed everything for Johnson. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, leaving him with a crippled right arm and daily pain and physical challenges. Johnson’s dream had always been to play professional sport, but no injury could ever destroy his motivation or crush his spirit.
Johnson could be described as the survivor of a deprived past, a refugee from poverty and violence, a success story marred by tragedy. But there is much more to him. Johnson’s injury didn’t make him an inspiration; it just showed the world the inspiring life he had always lived.
A dedicated UT alumnus, Johnson holds a master’s degree in sports psychology. He travels the world as a speaker, hosts the podcast Serendipity with Inky Johnson, and devotes time to mentoring disadvantaged athletes and young people.
Executives, professional athletes, church members and youth all benefited from the energy and charisma of Johnson’s speech. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork or perseverance, Johnson brings inspiration and transforms lives. He and his wife, Allison, live in Atlanta with their children, Jada and Inky Jr.