FBU Scholarship Finalist: Darius Kelly

FBU Scholarship Finalist: Darius Kelly

On June 2nd and 3rd, Football University will be hosting a developmental camp at Independence High School in Williamson County.  The FBU camp will provide a chance for football players from around the region to get positional skill training and practice film review provided by former NFL players and coaches.  The camp is open to any interested player in the area for a cost of $495.  However, tnhighschoolfootball.com will be awarding free entry to the FBU camp for one Tennessee athlete as selected by our football panel.  Our second finalist is Darius Kelly of Creek Wood High School in Dickson County. 

Darius Kelly has been presented with a variety of adverse situations lately.  While attending Dickson County High School as a freshman in December, he made some poor decisions and was caught up in some legal trouble.  He was transferred to an alternative school this spring after some issues at Dickson County.  The troubles continued at home as his family was evicted and Darius and his four brothers moved in with friends or family around the area.  Darius was taken in by the family of his best friend and longtime football teammate, Jackson Flair.  Jackson at quarterback and Darius at running back/receiver helped to lead their junior pro team to three championships in recent years.  The Flair household provided Darius with a solid structure that has helped him succeed in working towards the requirements needed to leave the alternative school.  Darius plans to enroll at Creek Wood High School as soon as possible with mid-May being a goal.  The Flair’s have signed Jackson up for the Football University Camp but need assistance to sign Darius up as well.  They have four biological children, two adopted children, and Darius currently living in the home.  Darius has made great strides in recent months and is looking to make the most of his second chance. 

Football is an important part of Darius’ life.  He expounds on the important role it plays by saying, “I love football.  It keeps me busy and out of trouble.  I have made lifelong friendships and learned the value of teamwork.”  Darius is excited about being considered for the scholarship to the FBU camp.  He states, “Winning this camp scholarship would mean a lot to me.  It’s really hard to explain how much it would mean.  It’s a huge opportunity to learn valuable skills alongside great coaches.” 

Darius Kelly with Flair Family
Darius Kelly with Flair Family

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Shara Flair

    Thank you so much for considering Darius for this scholarship. We are very proud of him as he continues to become an very fine young man. His parents are working hard to get everyone back under the same roof and we are so happy to support such a loving family.

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  2. Farrah Bata

    Darius is a very deserving young man that would truly benefit from this camp and this opportunity.

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  3. Hayley Warden

    Ever since the Flair’s took him in he’s been like a little brother to me. Football has always been such a big part of Darius and Jackson’s life. Every time i see both of them, they’re usually playing football. Despite the trouble he got himself into, Darius has worked super hard to overcome everything. There’s no doubt in my mind if he were to win the scholarship that he would excel tremendously.

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  4. Melissa Bobbitt

    So proud of Darius and for ‘The Flairs’ for opening their hearts and home to give him the opportunity to rise above all the diversities that are and were against him. This is an amazing opportunity for him! Jax and Darius together are unbeatable when it comes to football! ❤️

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  5. Ashley

    Very proud of Darius and how far he has come. I would love to see him get the opportunity to attend this camp. It’s easy to label a child a “troublemaker” & not put any effort into guiding them to the right path, but, put Darius on the right path and I know he will make something of himself.

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  6. Katie Bata

    Darius has always been like another Cousin, every time where at our grandmothers he’s always playing football with us. He’s just like a flair!! He will really benefit from this!!

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  7. Caenan

    Ever since darius has came to our household he’s always gotten on my nerves but he’s one of the most caring and heartfelt kids I know. He’s always put me and anyone in our house before himself which shows that he’s a great leader and a brother even though he may not be blood I’m still so proud to call him my family, he never seizes to amaze me and I can’t wait to see what he can do at this camp!

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  8. Carl Gourley

    As the Director and a coach of Darius’s Jr Pro team, I know the hardship that he has went through, financially and emotionally. Of the three years he played, despite the financial ability to pay sign up fees, our organization paid for his cost to play. He is a phenomenal athlete that deserves this opportunity, despite his previous life adversaries . It is a blessing that the Flair family recently welcomed him in. They are very supportive and loving for the kids, giving him and his siblings rides to and from practice and games , even buying them dinner, but with the size of thier family, assistance with this cost is welcomed.

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  9. Leslie Reynolds

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this young man. I hope he gets this scholarship so he can continue to excel in what he does best, football.

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  10. Carl

    As the director and a coach of the Jr pro organization that Darius played for, he was a respectful young man, and always gave heart and effort in what he did. Though he has had hardships and adversity in his young life, I can assure he is in a less stressful and more structured environment and has the support with the Flairs opening thier home and hearts to him. But even so, with the size of thier family and other kids to support as well, they can only do so much. That is why any assistance with the cost would be very helpful. He has phenomenal talent and would be a shame if it goes unnoticed due to lack of finances.

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