NFL Star Steps Up in Big Way to Help Haitians

June 28, 2018Jun 28, 2018

The country of Haiti is still struggling to bounce back from the natural disasters that struck the country in recent years. In 2010 an earthquake decimated the land; then, in 2016, Hurricane Matthew continued the destruction.

Jacksonville Jaguars defense tackle Marcell Dareus is doing something about it.

The Pro Bowl star has agreed to donate $125,000 to build a three-room classroom in the Caribbean country. He’s doing it through the Dareus Foundation set up in his name.

Dareus’s father was born in Haiti, according to The Bleacher Report. Last year, he made an initial $25,000 donation after visiting the country.

"I promised my mom that I would support Haiti in any way I could and now I am using my platform to keep my promise. It's a beautiful country with incredible people and children who need help,” he said.

“I want to make sure I do everything I can to lift them up. This is just the beginning of what we're looking to accomplish here. I plan to come back after next season to see the new school and decide what else I can do to continue to build a legacy of hope for Haiti,” he added.

The school will be called the Marcell Dareus School Wing at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy. Dareus is working with other charitable organizations to find money to pay for teachers’ salaries and school supplies.

Dareus is 28. A native from Alabama, he earned two Pro Bowl appearances during his eight-year NFL career. In addition to playing for the Jaguars, he’s also played for the Buffalo Bills.

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