Friday, January 24, 2014
The St. John Parks and Recreation Department, Parish President Natalie Robottom, Administrative Staff, Councilmember Jaclyn Hotard, Coaches, family members, and recreation families retired the jerseys of Darvell Johnson and Darquell Scott, two local youth who were part of St. John Recreation programs. Both were killed in an automobile accident in May of 2013.
Darvell, 15 years old, and Darquell, 10 years old, are the sons of Daris and Angelle Scott. Darvell, #2 began participating in the Biddy Basketball program at the age of 7 as a Point Guard. He and his teammates won numerous titles participating in National Championship tournaments for 3 straight years.
Darquell, #10 participated in Biddy Basketball, Dizzy Dean Baseball, and St. John Jr. Wildcats football. Darquell was also a member of winning teams throughout his young life. He played catcher and outfield in the Dizzy Dean program and linebacker for the St. John Jr. Wildcats.
Coaches shared their reflections of their time spent with both youth in the recreation programs. “They were good kids and great team members, and we thank the parents for allowing them to participate,” said Coach Bobby Davis, Jr. “Times like these make coaching harder,” said Coach Darwin Pittman. “We will always have a sixth man on the court and angels in the sky watching over us,” he added. Shalinda Austin, “Team Mom,” presented a team-signed basketball to the parents of Darvell and Darquell in appreciation of the time the teams spent together.
Parish President Natalie Robottom unveiled the jerseys and led the balloon release in honor of Darvell and Darquel. "We are here with heavy hearts but we remember them with joy. Retiring their jerseys is only a small gesture that will serve as a constant reminder of who they were and what they brought to our programs.” Remarks were shared by CAO Randy Vincent, Director Debra Poche, and Councilmember Jaclyn Hotard. “Losing a child leaves emptiness in your heart that cannot be replaced, and I hope our community will continue to love and pray for this family in the days and years to come,” said Hotard. Debra Poche closed in saying, “children who play sports and are part of athletic programs discover the benefit of practice while having a good time. I believe these children benefited from that and we will always remember the good times we had with them in these programs.”
Darvell and Darquell’s jerseys will hang in REGALA Gymnasium.