Bahamas' native son and NFL wide-receiver, Devard Darling to host football camp
Bahamas' native Devard Darling fulfills his and his identical twin brother's dream to bring American football to The Bahamas, through the 7th Annual Devard and Devaughn Darling Football Camps, presented by his non-profit organization the As One Foundation.
The football camp wil be open to boys and girls age 11-17, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., Friday & Saturday, July 20-21, 2012 at D.W. Davis Junior High School on Wilton Street in Nassau, Bahamas.
The camp is free.
"This camp is me and my twin brother's dream," said Darling.
"I could not be more proud to come back home to give back to my people. This effort is for Bahamians and provided by a Bahamian."
In addition to the financial support provided by the NFL Youth Football Fund, this year, the camp has partnered with the Bahamas Flag Football League to help conduct the camp and assist young athletes with skill development, technique, and the fundamentals of American Football.
2012 camp sponsors and donors include Aetos Holdings' Brands: Wendy's, Marco's Pizza and Furniture Plus. Other donors include The Bahamas Weekly, Atlantis, Thrifty Car Rental, Sun Tee, Coca-Cola, Travel Xpress, Game Galaxy Entertainment, Chilly Willy Ice and Mega Malt.
The purpose of the camp is to encourage young Bahamian athletes to pursue their education and dreams of playing American Football.
Over the years campers have had the opportunity to interact with prominent sports figures, who served as coaches, leaders and mentors throughout the duration of the camps.
While gaining invaluable skills and training in the game of American Football, camp attendees will also receive free T-shirts, meals and beverages and a chance to earn the title of Camp Most Valuable Player (MVP.)
The As One Foundation was created in 2007 by Devard Darling, in loving memory of his identical twin brother Devaughn Darling who died of exhaustion and dehydration complicated by Sickle Cell Trait in 2001 during spring training at Florida State University.
Recently adopting a new mission to educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life's challenges, The As One Foundation will unveil it's new initiative - Operation Hydration to the campers.
Operation Hydration is a Sickle Cell Trait education and awareness presentation about the importance of hydration as prevention of athletic or fitness related death.
Some 250 campers are expected to attend and are encouraged to arrive early with the printed and completed registration form available on TheBahamasWeekly.com.
A Facebook page has also been set up for the event and forms can be requested there.
For more information on the As One Foundation, the Devard & Devaughn Darling Football Camp or Operation Hydration please phone 832-308-9984, email Tomia@AsOneFoundation.org or visit www.AsOneFoundation.org.
© 2012 The Freeport News