ATHLETE AMBASSADORS


DFKDC could not operate without the support of athletes in the area, from partner sports teams like the Washington Capitals, D.C. United, and more! DFKDC Athlete Ambassadors go beyond just being at our clinics, they are spokespeople for DFKDC’s mission and participants!

Curtis Harmon

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Player

Curtis Harmon became an immediate football sensation after being recognized as a 4 year Letterman for Varsity Football and winning the 2006 State Championship with a season record of 14-0. Born in Washington, DC in 1988, Curtis Harmon gained national attention as a Fullback on his high school’s varsity football team. In 2014, Curtis Travis Harmon III signed with and became a member of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise. Unfortunately he suffered a major injury that caused him to sit a season off. After recovering from tearing his MCL his new home in the CFL became the Montreal Alouettes. With his intense athleticism and combination of speed and strength along with his uniqueness he broke many barriers, especially to those that called him crazy for even dreaming. Curt entered into the world with a birth defect that hindered the growth in his forearm–making his story that much more powerful. Mr. Unstoppable has an immense passion to encourage, promote and inspire the youth of today. As a product of being raised by a single mother; it taught him that even though life may deliver you challenges, you never stop pursing your dreams. He is also the founder of “Faces of Adversity”, a non-profit foundation with a main focal point to encourage others to think better, achieve better and become better no matter the circumstance(s). Curtis never allowed the thought of limitations to enter his mind nor excuses to become apart of his vocabulary. With confidence, this once 5 year old adolescent boy evolved to become the one armed fullback that started with a vision, later a dream and now today’s reality!

Sean Franklin

D.C. United Player

Franklin was a three-time letter-winner at Highland High School in Palmdale, California. He was named the Golden League’s Most Valuable Player as a senior, and also earned all-area first-team honors in 2003 after helping the Bulldogs to a Golden League crown in 2003. At Cal State Northridge, he was an invaluable member of the Matadors’ defense, starting over 50 games since 2004, being named to the All-Big West Conference team in both 2005 and 2006. During his college years Franklin spent two years with the San Fernando Valley Quakes of the USL Premier Development League, helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in 2007, although his campaign was cut short when he broke his arm in the playoff semi-final against BYU Cougars. Franklin was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy, and made his MLS debut in Galaxy’s home opener against San Jose Earthquakes on April 3, 2008. Franklin was awarded MLS Rookie of the Year for the 2008 season. Franklin was selected by D.C. United in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft and signed with D.C. shortly thereafter.

Kofi Opare

D.C. United Player

Kofi attended University of Michigan and was named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2011. Kofi played in 14 games as a freshman, starting in 10, while scoring one goal; he was selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Kofi was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the second round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Opare appeared in six games during his rookie year. Kofi has been an important part of the Black-and-Red defense all season. The defender scored his first Black-and-Red goal in United’s 2-1 win over Orlando City on May 13. He started all four games in the 2015-16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, as well as both matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kofi is one of two D.C. United players to score in MLS play, Open Cup and SCCL in 2015 (Arrieta). He is excited to give back to the community and empower Dreams For Kids DC participants through the power of soccer.

Kyshoen Jarrett

Former Washington Redskin

Kyshoen Jarrett, determined in his identity & character; has been able to recognize his purpose through his love for the youth as well as the hearts of all. Being the youngest of 4 boys and being raised by a single mother in Poconos, PA, led to his motivation of great success as a student-athlete. After starting 4 years on the varsity football team in HS and earning many scholarships, Kyshoen decided to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2011. Virginia Tech is where he would earn his Human Development degree and graduate in 3½ years. With his transition to the Safety position, style of play, and motivation to better himself daily, Jarrett was later recognized by the Washington Redskins as the 6th round, 181st pick in the 2015 Draft. The 6th round pick up continued to drive Jarrett, landing him on the 53 man roster and onto the field as a starting DB throughout the 2015 season. Due to injury at the end of his promising rookie campaign,

Kyshoen focuses on family, recovery, and giving as much of himself to those around him. Dream For Kids DC is not only a way to give back to the community for Jarrett but it also encourages him due to his own experience with his brother. Daishawn (26) has Cerebral Palsy and is also blind. Kyshoen and his two other brothers would assist their devoted and hardworking mom daily to accommodate the needs of Daishawn. Understanding what families may
experience, is what encouraged Kyshoen Jarrett to become an athlete-ambassador for Dreams For Kids DC.

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