Fort Bend ISD’s Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) members will take part in the Second Annual Darling Dash Memorial 5K Run and 1K Family Run/Walk on Sunday, February 26, from 8:00am to 10:00am, at Sweetwater Country Club (4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land). SHAC members will form a team to walk and run in the race and serve as volunteers to help recruit participants.
Runners and walkers of ALL levels are welcome to participate in the Darling Dash. Registration completed online or postmarked by February 15 is $25 for adults (13 years and older) and $10 for youth (12 and younger). The registration fee after February 15 until race day is $30 adult and $15 youth. Post race refreshments will be provided. Awards will be presented to the top two male and female overall time; and to the top three male and female runners in six age categories: 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus. The fundraiser event will benefit the “As One Foundation.”
The “As One Foundation” was established by Devard Darling, an Austin High School graduate turned NFL player, in honor of his twin brother, Devaughn, who passed away during spring football practice at Florida State University in 2001. Devaughn carried the sickle cell trait that when combined wiith the physical rigor and lack of hydration he experienced during football practice, led to his death. This year’s event, themed “Celebrating the Heart of Devaughn Darling,” commemorates the 11th anniversary of Devaughn’s death. Revenue from the fundraiser will help fund the “As One Foundation’s” scholarship fund, as well as efforts to prevent future deaths of young athletes by promoting sickle cell trait awareness.
To register for the Darling Dash Walk/Run, go to http://asonefoundation.org/the-darling-dash/. Individuals who would like to become donors, sponsors or volunteers may sign up online or by emailing Tomia Austin at Tomia@AsOneFoundation.org or by calling 832-308-9984. For more information, visit www.AsOneFoundation.org.