Graduating Senior Eric Johnson Caps off His Career with Service|
June 2, 2015
While most graduating seniors spend their final month in school celebrating accomplishments, tennis star Eric Johnson is not one to rest on his laurels.
A week before Johnson and the graduating class of 2015 turned their tassels, the men's tennis team visited kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and a local middle school.
In the midst of the tennis post-season, Johnson made time to emphasize the importance of education and nutrition to students at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy #8. As part of USC's SCORE Initiative, Johnson met the kids and fielded their questions about everything from sports to social life.
Just a week later, Johnson and his teammates joined the women's soccer team at CHLA to help spread Trojan Spirit to those children most in need.
For showing that there is always time to give back, Eric Johnson has been named the May Trojan Outreach Athlete of the Month.
Johnson has been a strong representative of USC both on and off the tennis court for the duration of his career. His service as a Trojan included volunteer work at the Rose Cup charity tennis tournament, A Day in Troy, and a meal packing event in relief of the Philippines' recent typhoon.
"Eric is the kind of teammate that every coach strives to produce," Men's Tennis Head Coach Peter Smith said. "He cares about his teammates, he cares about his academics, and he cares about helping others."
On the court, Johnson helped secure three NCAA Championships. A member of last season's NCAA All-Tournament Team, and a two-time PAC-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention, Johnson has shined for the Trojans.
"When the match is on the line, there is no one else you would rather have out there," Smith said.
Like the rest of the 2015 graduating class, Johnson will bring his passion with him as he moves on from USC.