Former East Carolina quarterback David Garrard
June 22, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - Durham Mayor Bill Bell presented Jacksonville Jaguar David Garrard with the "Key to the City" Saturday, June 20 at Southern High School. Garrard, a 1997 Southern High School graduate, a record-setting former quarterback at East Carolina and current signal-caller for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was joined by top active and retired NFL players, family and friends.
"David represents the caliber of man that deserves a key to our great city," said Durham Mayor Bell. "Through this summer camp and his foundation, David will raise the awareness of Crohn's disease and will educate Durham children and adults on the ways that they can live healthier, happier lives."
In 2003, Garrard was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, which is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune system's attack of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's disease affects between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America. Garrard has been symptom free since undergoing surgery five years ago.
"I often think back to my football days here at Southern High and look for every opportunity to come back home," said Garrard. "The community is truly inspiring and I am grateful to give back through The David Garrard Foundation. My goal is to find a cure for Crohn's disease."
The presentation coincided with The David Garrard Foundation's first-ever "Air it Out" Football and Cheer Summer Camps also held at Southern High School throughout the day. The camps provided youth from 6 to 17 years old with the fundamentals of football and cheerleading. The camps also promoted physical activity and educated campers on the importance of teamwork, education, health and nutrition.
Among other athletes attending the summer camp were former Pirate greats Reggie Pinkney and Jim Bolding, Jacksonville Jaguars Jeremy Mincey and Mike Walker; New Orleans Saints Terrence Holt, former Washington Redskin Lloyd Harrison, former Jacksonville Jaguar Dwayne Washington and former Oakland Raiders Alvis Whitted. Leading the cheer camp were Jaguars' Christy Stechman Zynda, manager of the cheerleading program, Kristen Smith, cheerleading team captain and Emily Dickert, cheerleader. Former Miss North Carolina USA 1998 Vera Morris also attended the cheer camp to provide insights about overcoming obstacles and achieving your dreams.
About The David Garrard Foundation
The David Garrard Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organization created in 2008 to provide local youth with encouragement and motivation to adopt active and healthy lifestyles. Garrard, who's been living with Crohn's disease since 2003, also supports the research and awareness of Crohn's and Colitis diseases. For more information, please visit www.davidgarrard9.com.