Lionel Johnson began coaching and mentoring young people over 24 years. During that time, he recognized that the mental, spiritual, and social needs of the youth were not being met through solely coaching them. More needed to be done, and that is when he committed to treating each child as his own. Soon he began taking the youth to college and professional football games as a way to build healthy relationships and to begin mentoring them in a fun way that also gave them a safe space to be themselves.
In 2005, after realizing many of the hurtful things the young people and their families were going through, Lionel established the non-profit Foundations of Love Through his experience, Lionel built the organization to ensure to ensure the well-being of families that experience divorce, mental health issues, loss, and physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
Lionel combined his love for sports and passion to see the youth athletes succeed when creating Unity Sports Access. This program provides some in the community, financial, and moral support that young athletes need to reach their full potential.