Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus just finished his first season with the Jaguars after being traded from the Bills during the season. But 2018 marks the second consecutive summer he has made a trip to Haiti, and his Dareus foundation will be donating $125,000 to build a three classroom building which the school has decided to name after him.
“It is one thing to give money to something and hope for the best; it is quite something else to witness your efforts and see the gratitude and thankfulness of not just the children, but the whole community, for doing what you’re doing,” said Dareus, via John Reid of the Jacksonville Times-Union. “To receive their blessings and hear their words of appreciation directly was something I could have never imagined several years ago. Their gratitude and happiness was overwhelming and showed me that what I am doing is going to have a tremendous impact on their lives.″
Dareus was only 6 years old when he lost his Haitian father, Jules Dareus, to prostate cancer. Marcell donated $25,000 to Hope For Haiti last year, and he also stated that this is not the end of his efforts to help rebuild his father's native country after the 2010 earthquake