Working out hard on a daily basis for over 25 years can take a toll on a body, mind, and spirit. For some athletes, age is only a number with some challenges built in. Meet Donovin Darius and you will see a fit, strong, and caring role model and athlete. Yes, he is beyond his playing days at Syracuse University and the NFL.
Rather than merely rest on his laurels and accomplishments in "retirement", Darius is still going strong with an exercise regimen that not only keeps him in shape but helps train kids of all sizes, shapes, and skill levels.
On a recent March evening in St. Johns, Florida, Darius pushed through the rain and wind to train some soccer players in the Creek Kraze Krush Soccer Club which is part of the third largest club in the State of Florida. Darius did not need an umbrella or rain jacket. He just needed his will, strength, and inspiration to train the young athletes. Darius not only demonstrated the various speed and agility techniques but performed them side-by-side with the young athletes. From sprints to laps to lunges and everything in between, Darius put the athletes through quite a workout.
As noted by Darius, "good technique and full effort go hand in hand to have a good training session." Darius further noted that, "Whatever the sport, there must be respect for the coach, teammates, and the game. With respect and hard work, there is always a place for success and improved self esteem." Whether Darius is training one athlete or many at a time, there is always an intensity and positive spirit to the session.
There is a thing or two that is missing from Donovin Darius when you meet him. There is no swagger or attitude or any sense of entitlement. As noted by Darius, "Respect is earned by the here and now and not by my NFL resume or awards. I like to show the kids that a proper work ethic and a high level of intensity and concentration can and do make a difference both on and off the field."
After three training sessions on that rainy night in March, Darius congratulated the group of athletes for their effort and attitude. As the last athlete left the field, Darius beamed with pride and knew that an evening helping young athletes was an evening well spent even in the rain.
Creeks Soccer and other youth organizations are fortunate to have Donovin Darius as such a consistent and dedicated trainer and role model. Chris Neeley, President of Creeks Soccer, agrees wholeheartedly. As stated by Neeley, "What you see is what you get and so much more. Donovin brings his best to every session and brings out the best in each athlete."
You can read more about Donovin Darius and his training organization - Donovin Darius Next Level by clicking on the link below.
In addition to his work with young athletes, Darius serves as an NFL Transition Coach, Regional Director of the New NFL Legends Program, writer for NFL.com and the NFL Up! Program, and the producer of a number of football training videos.
As noted by Darius, "my goal is to educate, equip, and empower. These are the keys to building a successful athlete and well rounded person. It is my honor and pleasure to work with any person who is willing to put in full effort and who is motivated to improve."
The Good Deed Brigade salutes Donovin Darius for his positive attititude, spirit, and impact on the community. Follow the example set by the actions of Donovin Darius and go out in your community to do your share of good deeds. Remember, wherever you see the Good Deed Brigade, it's all good.