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May 2010

Board of Directors Thomas Rascoe, Executive Director

Vincent Carter Craig Rodrigue Jean Martin Crystal Zanoni

Dr. Mark Chaet, Medical Director Lynne Criswell, Associate Director FL Hospital Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kran Riley Lori Elkins Krystal Myers Sean Russell

Woody Johnson (Advisor to the Board)

UPCOMING EVENTS An Evening of Wine & Music May 27, 2010 12th Annual Darrell Armstrong Basketball and Shooting Camps, with Chucky Atkins

Week 1: June 21-25, 2010 Week 2: June 28-July 2, 2010 Week 3: July 19-23, 2010 (check website for application & details)

11th Annual Darrell Armstrong Classic Weekend

August 20-22, 2010

2010 Annual Holiday Dinner Giveaways November and December 2010

Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies, Inc. P.O. Box 608833 Orlando, Florida 32860 Phone 407.252.3333 Email: Darrell Armstrong Child Development Center, Florida Children’s Hospital 7975 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32822 407.303.8637 Tax ID # 59-3620145

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DARRELL ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION FOR PREMATURE BABIES, INC. – The Early Years Nancy Sutton Scott has been involved with the Foundation from its inception. She has written an account of those early years and, with her permission, we have included it. * * * * It started for me in 1999 with a cup of Barnie’s Coffee with seven sugars in it. Darrell Armstrong attributed his stellar performance on the Orlando Magic team to drinking Barnie’s coffees loaded with sugar! He was headed for NBA’s 6th Man Award and Most Improved Player Award and I worked for Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company. My team at Barnie’s were so excited that Darrell loved our coffee so we sent off a basket of Barnie’s products for him to share with his team mates just to show our appreciation to this true coffee fan (plus we wanted our home team to win!!!)

ing over his computer, burying him in papers, marketing materials, prizes, all kinds of stuff. And we phoned him night and day. It is a pure wonder he just didn’t leave town in those early days!!!

Not long after, my office phone rang and Thomas Rascoe, Darrell’s manager, was at the other end, thanking us for our thoughtfulness and setting up a meeting to discuss how we might work together toward this dream that Darrell had of raising money to help premature babies.

We began planning the Darrell Armstrong Celebrity Golf Challenge (which grew into the Darrell Armstrong Weekend Classic) we ran up and down I-4 to golf courses, to sponsors, we all called in favors. Darrell and Thomas got a star studded roster to attend. We had Bo Outlaw (we could always count on Bo!!!) Mike Doleac, Matt Harpring, Cory Maggette, Jack “Goose” Givens, Julius “Dr. J” Irving, Carolyn Peck, Doc Rivers, David Steele, Jeff Turner and many others. My friends at Waterford Crystal donated the exquisite trophy.

The next thing I knew, I was in a room with Paul Koch, Thomas, and Darrell and I was supposed to write on the blackboard the answer to the question we had just posed to Darrell (which would become our mission statement) and the question was “What do you want the Darrell Armstrong Foundation to do?“ Darrell’s famous big grin disappeared for a moment and a thoughtful look came over his face. He said “When my baby girl was born 2 months premature, we had no warning of anything being wrong. My wife was healthy and careful and her pregnancy was normal. Mayliah weighed just 3 ½ pounds. And when I looked down at her tiny face, I knew I could afford the finest medical care available to help save her life. Then I thought about other people who didn’t have those financial resources. I thought ‘How could I look at my baby’s face and how could I look at my wife’s face and know I didn’t have the money to pay for the care needed? How could I face them?’ So I decided I wanted to help those families and I wanted to help those babies.” Tears ran down my face as I wrote out his words. I was in. So that day, we had our mission. The Darrell Armstrong Foundation was going to help the babies and help their families. It sounded so simple. So we started gathering dedicated people to be on our team. So many I can’t name them all…Paul Koch, Dr. Mark Chaet, Woody Johnson, Fueneequa Jackson, William Forness, Stewart Nosinger, Mitch from Cycle Riders, so many more…all wanting to lend a hand. It took so much effort…and Thomas was always in the lead-getting things accomplished. We worked out of Thomas’ condo, tak-

We planned the first Darrell Armstrong Basketball Camps for June and July of 1999. We set about getting venues, coming up with the marketing, finding coaches, getting sponsors…we ran up and down I4…to 1st Presbyterian in Orlando, to the Jewish Community Center in Altamonte Springs, to meetings of the Foundation, to hospitals. Bo Outlaw was on board for camp. Excellent! Darrell and Bo laughed and worked with the kids, and talked to the parents who, quite frankly, appeared awestruck to be chatting so casually with two NBA players. Camp was a success!!!

And while nothing was going on (!!!) we got bids to build a brand new ambulance from the ground up. It was especially equipped to handle the needs of those tiny babies. Everything may have had teeny tiny attachments, but that ambulance carried huge hopes and dreams, for Darrell, for all of us, and certainly for the families of the babies. So on September 30, 1999 we began our first tournament and when I arrived at the golf course the first morning at 5:30 AM it was still dark and the temperature was 85 degrees already!!! But we didn’t have time to worry about that, we started setting up and we could hear Darrell’s famous laugh ringing out through the dark…and we were on our way! And we built and paid for the ambulance, which pulled up during the 2001 Celebrity Weekend, proudly displaying a picture of the man who made Heart and Hustle a reality. Then we set our sights on creating a wing at Florida Hospital especially geared to the needs of premature infants. On a sunny day in July of 2003 I stood in the crowd at the dedication of the Darrell Armstrong Child Developmental Center, which provides comprehensive multi disciplinary evaluations, treatment, and support for children born prematurely. Darrell grinned down from the podium, pointed and said “There’s

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Nancy-she was cryin’ the first day and she’s cryin’ now!” It was true, but these were joyful tears. We had come so far. And the Foundation still forges on…Darrell left the Magic and Orlando, I moved away, and other members were ill or had other commitments, but new people shouldered the vision and kept it burning bright. Like Darrell, like Thomas, we all realize we have the rare opportunity to really make a difference in someone’s life. * * * * In the next issue, Darrell Armstrong Foundation partners with Florida Hospital.

ber of therapy sessions a child may need varies depending on the needs of the child. In 2009, seven clinics were held and Darrell Armstrong scholarships paid for 596 therapy sessions. We are seeking donations from the community to help us continue to provide the scholarships so these children can continue to receive the help they so desperately need. Donations should be sent to the Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies, Inc., P.O. Box 608833, Orlando, Florida 32860. Checks should be made payable to the Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies, Inc.


Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2003 Darrell Armstrong’s dream of a Child Development Center for premature children became a reality with the opening of the Darrell Armstrong Child Development Center at Florida Children’s Hospital. At the Center, children who were born prematurely and are in need of intervention services are provided a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation by a team of neonatal/pediatric specialists. This core team of care professionals may include a developmental pediatrician, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, neuropsychologist, and occupational therapist. After the evaluation the Center’s Clinical Coordinator prepares a summary of the results and follows up with the family to assist with the intervention plan implementation. In 2009, seven clinics were held to provide these evaluations. Darrell Armstrong Foundation scholarships provided 596 therapy sessions free of charge to premature children from low-income families. Premature birth can contribute to a multitude of problems throughout childhood and adolescence. If these problems are not promptly and adequately addressed, a child may not receive the proper diagnosis and treatment, which can lead to frustration, negative behaviors, and life-long disability For more information about es offered, please call the

the Center and servicCenter at 407-303-8637.

HELP WANTED The Darrell Armstrong Child Development Center needs your help. In order to provide necessary services to premature children and their families we rely heavily on the support of the community. The Darrell Armstrong Foundation provides scholarships to premature children who do not have health insurance or their insurance does not cover the rehabilitative services needed by the child. The cost of the preliminary evaluation is $1,500. Follow-up therapy sessions are $100 each. The num-

2009 ACTIVITIES Darrell Armstrong and Chucky Atkins again teamed up and held the 11th Annual Darrell Armstrong Basketball and Shooting Camp for three weeks last summer. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, 325 children between the ages of 5 and 17 years of age were able to attend the camps on scholarships. These children would not have been able to attend camp without this support from the community. The Darrell Armstrong Foundation partnered with the Destiny Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. and the Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center to present the 10th Annual Darrell Armstrong Classic Weekend. We worked together to make the weekend’s four events fun for everyone in attendance. The Friday night Pairings Party and Auction Bash, held at Friday’s Front Row, featured a Silent Auction with a wide variety of items including autographed sports memorabilia and the live music of jazz musician Erly Thornton. One thousand numbered golf balls were dropped from a helicopter before the start of the golf tournament at Championsgate Golf Club on Saturday morning. Raffle tickets were sold leading up to the weekend and the lucky person holding the ticket with the number of the ball landing closest to the hole won $1,000. The Saturday evening event was held at Orlando Harley Davidson. Guests had the opportunity to take a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Sunday afternoon the bowling tournament was held at the World Bowling Center Dowdy Pavilion. Teams competed for a number of prizes. Lunch was provided by Friday’s Front Row. In November, again due to the generosity of the community, 150 families were provided all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. Staff at the three community centers identified the families to receive the meals. Just in Queso was a major contributor for this event. We would like to thank our community partners and many supporters for helping us provide services to families in need.

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The 12th Annual Darrell Armstrong Basketball Camps will be held in June and July for kids ages 5 - 17. Go to our website for details and to register for camp.

I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported our efforts to positively impact the lives of children born prematurely. Through the Darrell Armstrong Child Development Center, your financial support has provided scholarships for needed evaluation and therapies to children from low-income families who have no insurance or their insurance does not cover the rehabilitative services they need to reach their highest quality of life. Because of the state of the economy, agencies at every level of government are cutting services; therefore the number of children in need of our services is higher than ever. Our ability to provide these services is dependent on the generosity of the community – the more money we can raise the greater the number of children we can serve.

This year, the Foundation will hold monthly events leading up to the 11th Annual Darrell Armstrong Classic Weekend to be held August 20, 21, and 22. We would like to thank Lori Elkins for coordinating the first of these events - a wine-tasting and buffet held March 30 at Urban Flats. An Evening of Wine & Music is scheduled for May 27 at the Eola Wine Co., 136 S. Park Avenue in Winter Park, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music featuring Ocean Breeze, a raffle, and more. Tickets are $22 per person or $38 for two. To purchase tickets contact the Foundation at Crystal Zanoni is coordinating this event.

I would like to ask for your continued support for these children and their families who are in need. Again, thank your for your past support.

Darrell Armstrong

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Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies Newsletter for May, 2010.