The Mariemont High School athletic department is sponsoring a special event by Dynamite Sports entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete.” This free event will be held in the Mariemont High School auditorium on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm and is open to all district parents and students.
Presented by former nine-year NFL veteran and collegiate Pittsburgh Panther standout Darnell Dinkins, this presentation will help interested parents and students answer questions and chart a course for playing sports at the collegiate level.
After playing for nine seasons with four different organizations in the NFL, Darnell Dinkins joined Rutgers coaching staff in 2012 after spending the 2010 season as a tight ends coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won a Super Bowl ring in 2009 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. His professional playing career began in 2001 after the New York Giants signed him as a free agent. He spent parts of three seasons with the Giants until the Baltimore Ravens signed him in October of 2004. Dinkins spent three seasons with the Ravens, including his first career touchdown vs. the Cowboys in 2004. Dinkins was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2006 and appeared in 14 games in his first season with the Browns. He spent three years with the Browns before he played the 2009 campaign with the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
Prior to his nine-year NFL career, Dinkins was a three-year starter at free safety in college for Pittsburgh. He came to Pitt as a quarterback before moving to free safety on the collegiate level.
Off the field, Dinkins established the Maleness to Manhood Foundation to benefit inner-city youth. He was also a finalist in 2005 and 2006 for the James Brown Award for his outstanding work in the community with his foundation.
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