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Darius Jones

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(Before the tragic passing of Darius) I was fortunate; I had the pleasure of coaching him for two seasons when he played for SportStrong.

The afternoon before he passed I got to see him, hug him and  now remember him as I would want to remember him……walking off of he court, body drenched in sweat from having just played the game he loved!

His Mom is an eloquent, brave stoic woman who responded to my note to her: 

Coach Barry thank you for your kind words and Darius was a great son…………Please remember him in you heart and your work when you are on the floor teaching new kids”.

I could write so much more but the comments below by a peer say it far better than I…………………keep him in your heart for a while!
 

By Youth Radio Editor
October 23, 2009 at 10:30am
By: Andrea Hill

I want to tell you about my friend Darius Jones. I knew Darius because he played on my brother’s basketball team. Darius Jones was playing basketball on October 11th when he collapsed on the court. His mother Beverly Bradley rushed onto the court as the paramedics tried to revive him. From there they rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Darius Jones was an incredibly well-spoken boy for his age. I don’t think he ever talked down about anybody. His favorite thing to do was play basketball. He dreamed of being a De La Salle Spartan all his life. He once said, “I’m going to De La Salle and I’m ready for any and everything that confronts me in high school”.

Well Darius, you did it! You got to De La Salle!

Every time I saw Darius, he had a smile on his face and was so happy to play basketball. His mother had recently gotten him a personal basketball coach and his game had improved so much. Before entering the big gates of high school Darius cut his long braids into a nice buzz cut that symbolized his transition from childhood into adulthood.

His mother asked the De La Salle coach Frank Allocco if Darius could be laid to rest wearing a Spartan #3 jersey. Even though Darius hadn’t made the school team– his freshman tryout would have come in November– the De La Salle players will wear #3 on their uniforms in memory of him.

Darius Jones was loved by everyone and will be missed dearly by all that loved him. The one thing that I will always know is he died doing the one thing he loved: playing basketball.

Darius Favorite Song

Darius: Interviewed by Dan Ashley, Channel 7 News at Camp Concord 

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_13586586

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