Having A Ball Giving Back

Intelligencer JournalLancaster New Era

 Jan 25, 2010

By GREG CALDWELL, Correspondent 

Jerry Johnson continues to give back in many ways to Lancaster, even while playing basketball thousands of miles away. 

Johnson, a 2002 McCaskey and 2006 Rider University graduate, is founding an AAU team in Lancaster for boys 13 and under. The team is part of a bigger overall non-profit organization that Johnson founded last year, Back 2 Basics Youth Development and Sports Foundation. 



Johnson Aims To Help Local Youth 

By JASON GUARENTE, Sports Writer 

Growing up in Lancaster, Jerry Johnson saw how tempting it was to take the wrong path. He 

lived with that possibility every day. "The easiest thing to do was everything but the right thing," Johnson said. "It was easy to get caught up in it, especially living in the city. A lot of kids don't understand what is really out there for them." 

Johnson avoided the pitfalls and became one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. The McCaskey grad earned a scholarship to Rider University and is now playing professionally in Europe. 



Youth Development Foundation Provides Gifts For 100 Families

Intelligencer Journal , Lancaster New Era 

Dec 24, 2009

By DAVID O'CONNOR, Staff Writer 

Someone gave Shirley Rhoades the standard "Merry Christmas" as she was leaving a Lancaster church late Wednesday afternoon. 

"It will be now," the Lancaster woman said, holding several gift-wrapped toys for her grandchildren, who are age 3, 4 and 9. 

Across the room inside St. Paul's Church of God and Christ — a room that's usually a Sunday school classroom but this day looked a bit like Santa's Toyland — was a brightly smiling Maria Fratello of Lancaster. 



Johnson Building Solid Foundation

Sunday News Dec 06, 2009

By MIKE GROSS, Assistant Sports Editor 

It's almost become a cliché: pro athlete starts his own foundation to "give something back." 

Except that sometimes the foundation is real, and serious, and impacting the community on the ground level. 

Jerry Johnson's Back 2 Basics Youth Development and Sports Foundation is getting there. 

For Johnson, the former McCaskey basketball star now playing professionally in Belgium, the foundation is anything but a vanity project.