Coach Jerry Johnson's LeMoyne-Owen College basketball team won the 1975 NCAA Division III Championship making him the first African-American coach to do so and LOC the first HBCU to accomplish the task. 

The Jerry C. Johnson Foundation is giving away free tickets for Sunday’s (Sept. 13) virtual airing of “1st Forgotten Champions: The Legacy of Jerry C. Johnson” during the 2020 Burbank International Film Festival.

The documentary chronicles the life and times of award-winning Coach Jerry C. Johnson, who served for 46 years as the head men’s basketball coach at LeMoyne-Owen College.

During his career, Coach Johnson led the Magicians to many victories. His most notable achievement, however, was the 1975 NCAA Division III Championship when he became the first African-American coach to do so and guided LOC to being the first HBCU to accomplish the task.

The 102-year-old Johnson retired from coaching in 2005.

The film was produced, directed and written by Memphian Morreco Coleman.

The Jerry C. Johnson Foundation is purchasing tickets for the film’s virtual showing and will give them away, for free, to the first 100 people to email [email protected]

The email must contain the person’s legal name, email and phone number. Only one request can be made per person.

Tickets also can be purchased for $20 on the festival’s website: https://burbankfilmfest.festivee.com/1st-forgotten-champions.

For more information about the Johnson Foundation visit http://jcjfoundation.org/.