About Us

The As One Foundation, established in 2007 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization provides sickle cell trait education presentations and free testing to prevent adverse health effects and even death due to sickle cell trait in young athletes, a.k.a. exertional sickling. Through our Operation Hydration program, we educate parents, coaches, teachers, nurses and students by advocating for proper hydration and recovery breaks and offer free sickle cell trait screenings as most of the over 4 million that are living with sickle cell trait in the United States do not know their sickle cell trait status nor the associated risk factors. Through our education symposiums we are committed to providing comprehensive education to clinicians and clinical degree seeking students to dispel myths about sickle cell trait, such as it’s classification as a benign condition when it is actually classified as a top non-injury killer of collegiate athletes. We believe exertional sickling deaths are preventable so all of our events and activities are executed to honor the memory of Devaughn Darling, who died prematurely of exertional sickling during off-season work out as a Florida State University football player on February 26, 2001. Our work ensures Devaughn’s death was not in vain.

Mission

To educate and increase awareness of sickle cell trait while encouraging youth to achieve their dreams in the face of life’s challenges.

As One Core Values

Vision

To support and enhance youth development by providing youth-centered activities and opportunities to develop character, values, sportsmanship, responsibility and positive relationships through a foundation that is supported and valued both nationally and internationally.

History

Read more about the Darling twins and about the proud Bahamian athletic history that is unfolding.

Board of Directors

Meet the As One Foundation Board of Directors.