NFL legend Chad Johnson donates cash to girls track team, daughter breaks record

By Alex Butler  |  July 12, 2017 at 6:26 PM
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July 12 (UPI) -- Chad Johnson's daughter is already a young track star, but the former NFL wide receiver wants other little girls to also succeed in the sport. He recently donated some cash to make that possible.

Johnson contributed $2,200 Tuesday to a GoFundMe account for the Turbo Track Club from Baltimore, Md. The cash pushed the campaign past its $5,000 goal. The GoFundMe account had raised $5,190 from 117 people in two days, as of Wednesday night.

"Turbo Track Club is headed to National Jr. Olympics in Kansas City," the GoFundMe page reads. "These four amazing girls just took regionals by storm in Greensboro N.C. & now they are ready to do the same in Kansas City! But as you may know traveling can be a little bit expensive so we need help from our community to get these girls there. If you can donate anything to help reach their goal it will be greatly appreciated! My name is Sonia Easter we are located in Baltimore, Md. I am a track mom to Jasmyne. We The team coaches, and I will use the money to pay for van rental, gas, rooms and team members new equipment. It will be used to benefit the team needs as they travel to Kansas City!"

"Thanks to everyone who has supported Turbo Track Club! The donations, The kind words, everything...It means so much! We plan to make everyone proud. Team Turbo, the coaches, track moms & dads really appreciate you all! Thank you," a user posted Wednesday in an update on the page.

Johnson responded to a tweet Tuesday asking for help with the campaign.

"You good now, I'll see y'all at Junior Olympics in Kansas. Good luck from @BabyChaiel_85 & myself, I love you guys," Johnson tweeted.

Johnson's daughter Cha-iel is already a track star at 12-years-old. On Wednesday, she set a national record in the 800-meter at Disney in Orlando. She posted a time of 2:14.80 in the AAU Track and Field National Club Championships.

"I felt great," Cha-iel said Wednesday, according to Florida Runners. "I had to get out in the first 200. I had to do it for my mom and my family and for my coach and fight hard."

After winning the race, Cha-iel looked a bit like her dad, pounding her chest in celebration.

"I did race my dad before, but he said he pulled a hamstring," Cha-iel told WESH Orlando.

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