SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. – NFL Legend Donovin Darius was honored at the Giving Gracefully Awards Celebration for his philanthropic work in the Northeast Florida community through the Donovin Darius Foundation. The Giving Gracefully Awards held in San Francisco in conjunction with Super Bowl 50, highlights and honors nonprofit organizations founded by athletes. Often only recognized for their athletic prowess, these honorees are dedicated to heroic achievement on and off the field.
Since retiring as a Jacksonville Jaguars safety, Darius has poured his energy into encouraging and motivating youth through life camps and mentorship programs offered by the Donovin Darius Foundation. Every year, the Foundation conducts five life camps for mothers, fathers, children, girls, and boys focusing on themes such as self-esteem, health and wellness, decision-making, and conflict resolution to name a few. In December, the Foundation celebrated its 20th Life Skills Camp. Since the start of this program in 2012, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 individuals and families with life skills and resources needed to take themselves to the next level.
“I am truly honored to receive the Giving Gracefully Award. It is my purpose and passion to motivate and help people realize their full potential,” stated Donovin Darius. “Although the work I do is not for recognition, the Giving Gracefully Award is further confirmation that the Donovin Darius Foundation is fulfilling its mission and positively impacting the community. This wouldn’t be possible without my staff and volunteers who spend just as much time as I do to ensure our youth become successful, confident, and productive individuals.”
Additional honorees of the Giving Gracefully Award include Ovie Mughelli (Ovie Mughelli Foundation), Rushia Brown (Women’s Professional Basketball Alumnae Foundation), Felix Jones (Felix Jones II Running Back to Make a Difference Foundation, Inc.), and NFC Champion Fernando Velasco of the Carolina Panthers (Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S Foundation).