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Can’t Never Could has announced that its Fifth Annual Grey Matters Dinner Event will be March 12 and will feature motivational speaker Inky Johnson as well as a tribute to late founder Rob Estes.

On Sept. 9, 2006, Inky was playing in a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. If anything, the game was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute. For Inky, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. He now lives with a paralyzed right arm, daily pain and constant physical challenges. His dream had always been to play professional sports, and his injury could have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit, but that’s not what happened to Inky.

Who is Inquoris “Inky” Johnson? He’s a survivor of an underprivileged past and a refugee of poverty and violence, but he can also be described as a success story stained by tragedy. He’s a man who looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” He’s a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond his own, and he is a man of relentless determination, which he loves to share with others through his dramatic story.

Inky has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. He and his wife, Allison, live in Atlanta with their children, Jada and Inky Jr.

Also at the dinner, CNC has planned a tribute to late founder Rob Estes. “It’s going to be a wonderful way to honor his memory and to carry on his legacy,” said CNC co-founder Christi Estes. She noted that the foundation’s work of helping others is going to continue, “as he would have wanted us to do.”

Can’t Never Could was established in 2013 as a result of Rob’s diagnosis with Grade IV glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. Early in his battle with cancer, Rob and Christi decided to start a nonprofit to help those facing similar challenges. The name “Can’t Never Could” was inspired by Rob’s mother. He said that when he was growing up and complained about something he couldn’t do, she would always reply, “Can’t never could.” On Dec. 17, 2017, Rob passed away.

The Can’t Never Could Grey Matters Dinner Event with Inky Johnson is set for Monday, March 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd. in Newnan. Tickets are $75 per person, $150 per couple and $750 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, please visit cantnevercouldinc.com.

For more information or to request seating with a certain group, please send an email to info@cowetafoundation.org.