About Cheese

Lynbert “Cheese” Johnson

Cheese Johnson is originally from Harlem, New York. He was a New York City playground legend and was rated as one of the Top 15 High School Players in the nation his senior year. He came to Wichita to play basketball for Wichita State University and proudly graduated in 1979. After graduation, the Golden State Warriors drafted Cheese to play in the NBA. He also played two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association. Cheese Johnson was inducted into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and still ranks 3rd in total rebounds and 7th in total scoring. After basketball, he worked in Atlanta for 18 years as a manager for Whole Foods.

In his own youth, Cheese benefited greatly from the support and mentorship received from caring adults in his community. This positive influence followed him throughout college and into his professional basketball and business career.

In 2016, Cheese’s passion for giving back saw him return to Wichita for a week, teaming up with two fellow Shocker greats to host a free of charge basketball camp for local children. The Future All-American Basketball Camp has become an annual event. In 2018, he decided to make Wichita his home again. Cheese’s enthusiasm to be a positive mentor in the lives of youth, working one-on-one with students from all social and economic backgrounds, led him to create UJUMP Inc.

Lynbert “Cheese” Johnson, is the founder and director of UJUMP, Inc.