PLAINFIELD, NJ - Tyrone Johnson, a former Plainfield High School basketball player, is giving back to his community.  He is hosting "Feed the City" on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Gumbo House & Grill from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Johnson told TAPinto Plainfield that his motivation for this event is, in part, that he grew up here.  "I'm a well-known person, and I feel like this is my time to give back to my community."

According to GamecocksOnline, in Johnson's basketball career at Plainfield, he had averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a junior in 2009-10 before he transferred to Montrose Christian Academy.  He went on to play for Villanova, where he started as a freshman, and then transferred to the University of South Carolina.  Currently, he plays overseas.

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Now, thanks to help from Plainfield Officer Bernel Harrison, who Johnson said, was one of his mentors, "a guy that I looked up to when I was coming up as a kid," he feels like this is the perfect time, starting off the new year, to give back. 

Johnson plans to do the event on an annual basis.  "I want to be able to continue this every year, and do more."  He added, "It's like my job to give back to the kids."

The Gumbo House & Grill is located at 631 Park Avenue in Plainfield.

Tyrone Johnson spoke to the crowd assembled at the People's Inaugural Reception at the high school on New Year's Day.

 

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