Inspiring Communities to Carry On
In November, Leroy, Dartanyon and I went home. We returned to our Ohio roots, invited by the Stark County United Way with the mission of helping grow their mentoring programs. We enjoy sharing our story, but what we love even more is encouraging others to live it out in their own communities. We had the privilege of speaking to more than 600 Canton-area residents about the power of one caring person. Leroy and Dartanyon spoke candidly about the pain of their childhoods and how a committed support system has enabled them to embrace both love and opportunity. We charged those in attendance to see past differences and into possibility, to step out of their comfort zone and invest in young lives. As a result, several hundred individuals contacted the United Way about mentoring opportunities.
The next morning, Leroy, Dartanyon and I addressed 500 high school students, most from impoverished backgrounds. Leroy and Dartanyon talked about knowing the power of one’s personal story. For so many years, they considered their pasts as circumstances to be hidden and shamed. They have since learned the benefit of sharing their struggles with mentors and teachers, thereby opening themselves up to assistance. They shared their difficulties with trust, with forgiveness, with hopelessness and stood as examples that beautiful things can emerge from broken pieces.
Events like these are the result of your support throughout the years, as we can now take all that has been generously given to us and give back to those in need. Throughout this holiday season, we give thanks for how you have embraced us and inspired us to keep on Carrying On.
Please click here to see a photo gallery of the Stark County United Way Mentoring Drive.
Blessed Christmas to You,
Exciting news from Dartanyon – Click here to read news from Dartanyon.
Leroy gets his driver’s license – Click here to read news from Leroy.
Would You Like to Adopt Dartanyon?
Each year, the U.S. Olympic Committee subsidizes Dartanyon’s tournament travel and competition fees while Dartanyon must raise money for the balance. His 2015 schedule includes tournaments and training camps in the Texas, Florida, Boston, San Jose, Hungary and Brazil.
Would you consider making a one-time or recurring donation to Dartanyon’s Paralympic Adopt-An-Athlete Account? USA Judo is a 501c-3, making your gift tax deductible. If interested, you may send a check or make a donation by phone using the contact information below.Werner Walter USA Judo One Olympic Plaza Colorado Springs, CO 80909 Attn: Dartanyon Crockett Adopt-An-Athlete Account 719-866-3654 firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow these links to watch and read ESPN’s Carry On coverage:
Carry On II video (ESPN website) (2013 video and print piece)
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=4371874 (2009 video and print piece)