Devard Darling, Austin High alum turned NFL player is bringing a 5k family fun run/walk to Sugar Land, 8am, Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Sweet Water Country Club. It’s called the 3rd Annual Darling Dash 5k & 1k and it’s a fundraiser benefiting the As One Foundation and Operation Hydration, which Darling started in honor of his late twin brother, Devaughn, to educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life’s challenges.
Last year NFLer friends of Darling – Heisman Trophy Winner & Former NY Knick Charlie Ward; Original Houston Texan, Chester Pitts, ‘09 1st Round Draft Wide-Receiver for the Oakland Raiders, Darrius Heyward-Bay; Houston’s own Olympic Medal winning Lopez Family; Former Houston Texan Defensive End, Travis Johnson joined Sugar Land’s Mayor Pro Tem, Jacquie Baly as Race Grand Marshals.
Participants can still take advantage of discounted rates until February 15, 2013 by registering online at http://asonefoundation.org/the-darling-dash/. Donors can sign up online as well. On February 15, 2013 prices go from $25 to $30 for adults and from $15 to $20 for children 12 and under. Registration payments and donations, made out to the As One Foundation, can be mailed to 6725 South Fry Road, Suite 700 #296; Katy, TX 77494. Race fees are tax deductible.
In addition, donors, sponsors and volunteers may sign up online or by emailing Tomia Austin at Tomia@AsOneFoundation.org or by phoning, 832-308-9984. This event is open to runners & walkers of all levels. The public is invited to visit the www.AsOneFoundation.org website often for updates on celebrity and NFL players participants.
The Darling Dash commemorates the annual anniversary of the death of Darling’s identical twin, Devaughn, who died during spring football practice at FSU in 2001. Both twins carry the sickle cell trait, which alone is no real threat to the 8% of Americans born with it annually. But, coupled with physical rigor and lack of hydration, could be fatal – as it was for Devaughn.
Themed “Celebrating the Heart of Devaughn Darling”, Darling Dash revenue 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 through Operation Hydration.