Our Thanks For You
Four years ago, you generously opened your hearts to two Cleveland high school wrestlers, Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett. Both disabled. Neither willing to be limited. Their remarkable friendship inspired you to help them out of their dire circumstances. Education. Stable housing. Food. Medical care. You brought down poverty’s grim barriers with swift acts of kindness. You changed two lives. You filled dark places with hope.
This year we celebrate Leroy’s graduation from Collins College. He was the first person in his family to complete high school and is now the only member with a shiny diploma. Following his bronze medal performance at last year’s London Games, Dartanyon has ramped up his educational pursuits, ever more determined to follow Leroy across that stage.
Once again this Thanksgiving, we bow our heads in deep gratitude for you. Overturning the effects of poverty certainly do not happen overnight, and we are thankful for how you came alongside Leroy and Dartanyon this year with your words of encouragement and compassionate gifts, lifting them into the next chapters of their lives. They truly would not be where they are today without each one of you.
Every blessing to you and your family…this week and every day.
Follow these links to watch and read ESPN’s Carry On coverage:
Carry On II video (ESPN website) (2013 video and print piece)
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4372243 (2009 video)
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=4371874 (2009 print piece)
November Messages from Dartanyon and Leroy
Opportunities To Support Dartanyon
Dartanyon has spent the last three years working with a private tutor in order to elevate his math and reading skills to college level. In January 2013, Dartanyon successfully re-entered school at Pikes Peak Community College. He has been volunteering with students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and is pursuing a degree in social work. While he receives financial aid, his full tuition and large print texts not fully covered. If you are interested in helping him financially, please contact the Carry On Trust for further details or follow the links on this site to make a donation.
Adopt An Athlete
Dartanyon travels to monthly training camps and tournaments both in the United States and abroad. These trips are mandatory for his development as an athlete and the residency requirements at the Olympic Training Center. He receives partial support from USA Judo for his airfare, hotels and meals. The remainder is his responsibility to supply, which he does through individual sponsors. If you are interested in making a one-time or recurring tax deductible donation to Dartanyon’s Adopt-An-Athlete account, please contact:
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Opportunities To Support Leroy
Leroy graduated from Collins College in August 2013 with a B.A. in video game design. If you have a company or contact with openings in 3-D design or character art, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout college, Leroy relied on classmates to take him wherever he needed to go – to and from school, to run errands, to doctor appointments. How blessed he was to have such great friends! But as he prepares for post-college life, the need to transport himself independently has grown. Leroy recently began an adaptive driving program at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. He is learning to drive using hand controls. The program requires 30-50 hours of driver training and costs $7000. Following completion of the training, he would need a vehicle outfitted with hand controls. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please follow the links to make a donation or contact the Carol Blanc at Good Samaritan, 602-839-2905.
There are no video game companies in Phoenix, meaning Leroy will move out of state upon securing a job. This will require moving and travel expenses, a housing deposit and start-up costs. Please follow the links to give a gift.