Legal Aid Society Announces Athlete Charles Clark as Speaker for April 5 Breakfast of Champions Fundraiser

(SUBMITTED) NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 28, 2023 – Legal Aid Society, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, today announced that former U.S. Track and Field Championship silver medalist Charles Clark will be the speaker at its annual Breakfast of Champions fundraising event, scheduled at City Winery at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, with a 7:30 a.m. preshow.

Breakfast of Champions is the official kickoff event for Legal Aid Society’s Campaign for Equal Justice, held annually since 1987, which supports the nonprofit’s mission to advance access to justice across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. This year’s campaign goal is $1 million. In 2022, Legal Aid Society raised $1,066,386, exceeding its $1 million goal.

Clark is a three-time national champion and 10-time All-American, and was the sixth fastest man in the world at the age of 22. Following a career-ending injury, he became a mental health expert and professional speaker, specializing in delivering practical advice that inspires real transformation.

“We’re very excited to have Charles Clark share his story of perseverance at our annual Breakfast of Champions breakfast, which is returning as an in-person event this year,” says DarKenya W. Waller, executive director of Legal Aid Society. “Not unlike the events of Charles’ life, our work involves overcoming unexpected obstacles to deliver equal justice for our clients across Middle Tennessee. I hope all our guests in attendance will find Charles’ message to be inspiring and relatable.”

“I’m happy to be joining Legal Aid Society for this important event,” Clark said. “Every person encounters a point in their life when they need a hand up, and Legal Aid Society’s work is extremely important in helping Middle Tennessee residents recover from challenging circumstances and regain normalcy in their lives.”

Please visit to RSVP for the event, to donate or for additional details.

About Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The nonprofit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region receive justice, protect their well-being and support opportunities to overcome poverty. It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way. Learn more at, or by following the firm on Facebook.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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