Meet Our Founder

connect the graps

Jarvis Johnson, M.S.

Jarvis Johnson hails from Miami, the “Sunshine State” of Florida where growing up like many others are faced with daily challenges. Johnson used each challenge as positive fuel and motivation, by putting energy into his upbringing, academics and his involvement with youth sports.

Jarvis is a current Educational Sports-Related Entrepreneur and Producer of “Beyond the Game Film”. Jarvis is a native of Miami, Fla who appeared in several speaking engagements, podcasts, community-based initiatives, and spoke at several schools and universities across the country. A former professional NFL athlete playing for the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, with off and on seasons allowed him to look at the game and the game of life from both ways. The NFL days of business, team leadership, mentoring and world-class excitement motivated Johnson on and off the field. He completed his BA in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University, obtained his Master of Science in Counseling from Tiffin University while being in one of the NFL Coaching Internship programs. By 2009, the cleats of life started where he transitioned into the NCAA market of Coaching. He coached at Clark Atlanta University, Kean University, and held many roles at the University of Miami from 2014-17. He loves to say, “I played for a purpose and Coach for the future.” By 2018,  Coach J had been coaching for 5 years, served as an Academic Counselor, and obtained his Finance Certificate from the University of Miami. He also attended several NFL/NFLPA programs, worked with over 700+ Professional Athletes, and was recognized by the NFL Communications & Public Affairs Daily News. The “NFL Journeymen” does exist and Entrepreneurship for Jarvis has been the fuel to his passion! He knew his life experiences, education, and playing the game would allow him to ultimately give back. Jarvis has founded, a unique way to embark on business. Investing in Education is at his heart! His company at Connect the Gap designs un-traditional style educational workshops, seminars, programs, and services for the Sports Industry and College/Universities. Which then, gives back to K-12, community-based initiatives, Financial Services, Hospitals, Mental Health Intervention Programs, and more.


Johnson felt it was his Pro to LIFE Transition and one of his goals to educate, inspire, and connect the appropriate resources typically for all, including companies and organizations. The ART of Networking!… thrived into Educational/Sports-Related Entrepreneurship & Film and Production!….talk about “NFL Journeymen”…….


Corporate Experience:

Northside Psychological
Services- Outpatient Therapist

NFL Alumni Association

NFL Legends Community

Beyond The Game
Film- Producer (Releasing Soon)

AthLife, Inc.-Education & Career
Advising for Professional Athletes

St. Lukes University Health Network

 College/University Experience:

  • Clark Atlanta University- Intern Assistant Secondary Coach
  • Kean University- Defensive Line & Defensive Backs Coach
  • Rutgers University- Summer Camps Defensive Backs Coach
  • University of Miami (Da U)- Coach Liaison Athletics & Academic Programs
  • Lafayette College- Student-Athlete Academic Support Liaison