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Bahamas' native Devard Darling announces list of NFL athletes coming to camps in Freeport and Nassau
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Monday, 07 July 2008 07:02
Devard Darling, the founder and visionary of the As One FoundationKansas City Chiefs BJ Sams, Houston Texans Travis Johnson and Denver Broncos Hamza Abdullah are some of the few confirmed to attend the Devard Darling Football camps geared towards encouraging young Bahamians to pursue their athletic dreams in American football.

Freeport, Bahamas – July 1, 2008 – The As One Foundation, started by Bahamas native and National Football League (NFL) Football Player Devard Darling, today announced the names of the professional NFL athletes scheduled to attend the third annual Devard Darling Football Camp on July 7th and 8th in Freeport and the first annual camp in Nassau on July 10th and 11th.

Top professional athletes from the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs will assist campers by acting as leaders and mentors throughout the duration of the two day camps. Their presence will enhance the integrity of the camps as well as offer campers an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and train with professional athletes.


Professional athletes confirmed to attend the third annual football camp in Freeport include Kansas City Chiefs BJ Sams and Baltimore Ravens Derek Mason.

This year’s camp will feature a new 2-day format, and will be held at the Freeport Rugby Football Club on Settlers Way July 7th and 8th from 8am to 4:30pm. While gaining invaluable skills and training in the game of American Football, camp attendees will also receive free gifts, equipment and a chance to earn the title of Camp MVP.

Camp MVP will be judged by participation in all activities and the chosen honoree and one parent will win a fully paid trip to Kansas City, Missouri during the 2008 NFL season to spend a weekend with Devard Darling and his family.

BJ Sams will also attend the first ever Devard Darling Football Camp July 10th and 11th held in Nassau at the Winton Rugby Centre in East Nassau. Joining Sams will be Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Brown and Damion McIntosh, Houston Texans Travis Johnson, Denver Broncos Hamza Abdullah and University of Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The goal of the inaugural camp will be to find and recruit talented boys age 11-16 to further their athletic skills and education at a private school in the United States. The Nassau camp has a cap of 80 available camper slots and attendance is by first come first register basis.

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bahamian athletes to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional athlete, as they will be seen and recruited by some of the top collegiate institutions in the nation. The As One Foundation will be partnering with the Frank Rutherford Foundation to make these athletes dreams of competing in the United States a reality.

“We are thrilled with the number of quality professional athletes confirmed to attend, coach and mentor campers at both of the 2008 football camps,” said Devard Darling, Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver and Founder, As One Foundation. “The foundation would not be able to put on successful football camps without the help and support from the athletic community and we are truly grateful for their time and generosity.”

“As soon as I was approached about participating in the Devard Darling Football Camps I immediately said yes because I fully believe in and stand behind the goals of the As One Foundation,” said BJ Sams, Kansas City Chiefs. “I am looking forward to working with each of the campers and hopefully playing a part in helping them realize their dreams.”

The above confirmed athletes traveling to The Bahamas to participate in the camps will be joined by previously announced coaches and athletes including Coach Robin Kirk, Head Football Coach for St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas; Coach and 4x400m Olympic medalist Dennis Darling, Head Track & Field Coach for University of Texas Pan America; and Freeport’s own Rico Forbes, who is currently working with Coach Kirk as a Defensive End out of Bishop Michael Eldon High.

In addition, there are a number of professional athletes that are tentative for the two camps including Pittsburgh Steelers Bryant McFaddan, Denver Broncos Champ Bailey and Domonique Foxworth, Baltimore Ravens Gerome Sapp and Corey Ivy and Kansas City Chiefs Larry Johnson.

The goal of the As One Foundation, started in 2007, is to provide underprivileged youth both nationally and internationally with more educational and developmental opportunities through athletic endeavors, educational programming and spiritual enrichment. Specifically, the Devard Darling Football Camp strives to encourage young Bahamians ages 11 to 16 to pursue their athletic dreams in American Football.

For more information about Devard Darling, his vision for Bahamian youth and the Devard Darling Football Camp go to www.asonefoundation.org.

About Devard Darling:
Devard Darling, the founder and visionary of the As One Foundation, is pursuing his goals on the professional football field while bringing to life the dream envisioned between him and his late twin brother, Devaughn; to bring the game of American football to their native country of the Bahamas and to honor his brother by opening the Devaughn Darling Sports Complex. Devard currently plays professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he is wide receiver. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Devard played 4 years with the Baltimore Ravens where he was selected as 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In the final two months of the 2007 season, Devard recorded 18 receptions for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 8 games.

Devard began his athletic career at Florida State University as one of the top high school prospects out of Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston, Texas. However, after the unfortunate passing of his identical twin brother Devaughn Darling on the football field during spring practices in 2001, Florida State University would not reinstate Devard for his remaining eligibility. After being connected with Mike Price, former Head Coach of the Washington State University Cougars, Devard was cleared to play and became one of the best wide receivers in Washington State history, recording 16 touchdowns and over 1500 yards in just two years.

Devard currently resides in Kansas City, MI with his Wife, Cicely Darling and Son, Devard Jr. In his free time he enjoys charity work, attending church and giving back to his community through athletics.

About the As One Foundation:
The As One Foundation was created by Devard Darling, in loving memory of his identical twin brother, Devaughn Darling, to make a difference in the world by giving underprivileged youth more opportunities through athletic endeavors, educational programming, and spiritual enrichment.
 
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