Dartanyon Crockett didn’t just carry Leroy Sutton. He wants those who have yet to meet him to know another important facet of his life: he can also carry a tune. Dartanyon’s vocal abilities are broad. He seamlessly pivots from hip hop to gospel to pop to freestyle rap. A proud member of his church choir in Cleveland, he frequently performs solos. His favorite – “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” which he sings in memory of his mother, Juanita, who passed away when Dartanyon was eight years old. In July 2013, he will be competing in the Colorado’s Got Talent regional competition.
Despite his limited vision, Dartanyon has always had a passion for sports and competition. In addition to being a two-time Senate league champion in wrestling, he also set an Ohio State record as a member of the Lincoln-West High School power lifting team, dead lifting 585 pounds in March 2009. At that meet, he was the overall state runner up in his weight class. He also ran track, high jumped and played football.
In March 2010, Dartanyon moved to Colorado Springs to train for Paralympic judo. Though recruited to prepare for the 2016 Games, Dartanyon picked up the sport quickly and instead qualified for the 2012 London Games. Simply unheard of to learn a new sport and earn such a spot in two short years! In London, competing against athletes who had trained for this moment since childhood, Dartanyon turned the judo world upside down, clawing his way to a bronze medal. He is the 2014 blind judo World Champion, and he will compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Dartanyon is also pursuing a degree in social work, aspiring to work with children from disadvantaged communities. He serves as an athlete ambassador for UNICEF, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the U.S. State Department. He travels frequently to speak to school and professional groups. “I would like to make a difference be it in small or grand proportion,” he says.
Dartanyon is a big fan of the television show “Family Guy,” but please don’t hold that against him.
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 2016 schedule included tournaments and training camps in Germany, France, Chile, and Uruguay.
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.USA Judo One Olympic Plaza Colorado Springs, CO 80909 Attn: Dartanyon Crockett Adopt-An-Athlete Account 719-866-3654