Surprise Event Honors Local Veteran and Coach

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The American Legion Department of Arkansas, in cooperation with the Soldier’s Wish Organization and the City of Little Rock honored local coach and veteran Ed Johnson with a surprise honor Saturday morning.

Coach Johnson is a decorated veteran and the dedicated football coach of the Sunset Tigers of South Little Rock.

Mayor Mark Stodola was among those in attendance, helping honor Johnson’s 48 years of service to the community of Little Rock.

“Coach Johnson has given so much to these youth with his time, his money, and even of himself in mentoring and molding these young people into productive and successful young men.” Mary Gaines, an organizer of the event said, “We want want to recognize Coach Johnson for all he has done to help these youngsters, making sure they have things they wouldn’t have received otherwise, such as making sure they have meals, clothing, and many other basic needs, so they don’t fall through the cracks.”

Notable professional athletes who have progressed from the Sunset Tigers include Keith Jackson, Anthony Lucas, and Eric Smith.

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