Ron Darling is a former Major League Baseball player who spent the majority of his professional career as a starting pitcher with the New York Mets. During his thirteen years playing in the Majors, Darling amassed 1,590 strikeouts, a 136-116 won-loss record with 13 shutouts, and helped lead the Mets to the 1986 World Series Championship by victoriously pitching in Game 4 against the Boston Red Sox.
Darling has also earned an impressive share of accolades, including selection for the 1985 All-Star team and the Gold Glove Award in 1989. Since retiring from the game, Darling has remained in the spotlight as a color commentator for national baseball coverage on TBS, as well as for the Mets on both SNY and WPIX. He has won an Emmy Award for "Best Sports Analyst" in 2006.
However, all of his career accomplishments are secondary to his life mission - to help find a cure for diabetes for his son Jordan and the millions worldwide affected by the disease.
2009: Ron Darling becomes founder and dedicates his time collaborating with Diabetes Research Insitute Foundation
2010: The Ron Darling Foundation donates to several organizations to help those in need.
2011: We grow as an organization with doubling the donations by conducting a sold-out golf and casino event.
2012: Ron Darling and members of the foundation head to Staten Island and Far Rockaway to donate and help those who suffered from Hurricane Sandy.
2014: Foundation has made contributions to several organizations.
Present: Continue to do good things. Check out who we have made contributions to here.
The Ron Darling Foundation Today
Ron Darling admits that he did not know much about diabetes prior to his son's diagnosis. He will never forget that fateful day when Jordan was diagnosed with the disease. "I got the call," Darling said. "I was on the other coast, and Jordan's mother brought him to the hospital. It was a shock to all of us, and it was especially scary for Jordan, who was 11 at the time." He continued, "When your child is sick, you try to educate yourself with the latest research on the disease." This is what led Darling to the Diabetes Research Institute.
Darling describes the research that is conducted at DRI, "brilliant," and says he soon became "obsessed," with making sure the scientists there have both access and funding to complete their work. In order to provide the resources in hopes of one day finding a cure for diabetes, Darling created his own foundation in 2009.
The Ron Darling Foundation has successfully raised ten thousands of dollars to support the DRI's research through donations, silent and live auctions and large-scale events throughout the year.
As the foundation grew, our donations did too. We truly believe in our mission of helping those who need it the most. In 2013, the Ron Darling Foundation donated $15,000 in Bob's Discount Furniture gift certificates to families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We've had the honor to donate to many other charitable organizations such as - Habitat for Humanity, NYPD Foundation, Cape Cod Baseball League, Ryan West Memorial Fund, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sandy Hook Elementary School Support Fund, Urban Dove, Yogi Berra Museum.