“A Prospective for Individual Growth”
The purpose of Team Tennessee Chosen Few (TCF) is to offer our community youth an opportunity to enhance their individual character through the combined approaches of athletics, tutorship and mentorship. This multi-faceted organization offers basketball development training, competition, and most of all mentorship in personal growth and a pathway to future opportunities in collegiate placement and recruitment.
We provide an opportunity for each athlete to advance themselves in life using basketball as a key in achieving higher education. Our goal is to help our TCF team members to develop into a complete person, both on and off the court, and to prepare them to excel in all facets of life.
The idea of being able to enhance the quality of life for the youth in our community is the driving force behind our programs originator, Mr. Damon Johnson.
Damon is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee and brings to the program an extensive resume of athletic accomplishments and accolades. He attended Science Hill High School, contributing his talents to both the 1990 TSSAA State Championship Team and the 1991 State Runner-up Team.
Damon was the recipient of the District Tournament MVP, MVP of the Big Ten Conference, All State Honors and was top 10 in the region for scoring and rebounding. He was recently inducted into the Science Hill High School Sports Hall of Fame.
He continued his education at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN where he helped take is team to their highest finish ever at top seven in the country. Damon was the MVP of the District Region and an All-American Point Guard. Upon graduation from Hiwassee College, his basketball career continued at the University of Tennessee. Damon signed a full scholarship and became an integral part of the Volunteer basketball program from 1994 to 1996. He was a two-year starter and ranked as a top assist leader in the SEC, averaging 4.7 assists per game. He was voted best defender in the SEC and during his senior season he helped the make it to the NIT Tournament.
After college, Damon played professional basketball in the European International League for 15 years. His career took him to Iceland, Spain, England, Chile and Indonesia. Damon was the recipient of many awards which included League MVP, Spanish League All Defensive Team, League Champions, Icelandic MCP and the League All Star Game MVP in 2002-2003. He also won a silver medal in the 2002 Small Olympics.
Damon calls Northeast Tennessee home and he is excited about the opportunities that await him in this worthwhile endeavor.
Damon added, “As the founder of TCF, I want to extend a welcoming arm to any young person that has the desire to get better at the game of life, through hard work on the basketball court, practice and learning the rewards of working together as a team. We here at TCF have a real passion for kids and an insight on how to enhance their quality of life by overcoming daily obstacles through the game of basketball.