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John Darjean The Dallas Baseball Alliance was given a $2,500 donation from Allstate on behalf of John Darjean who is a 2012 Give Back Day Hero.

An Oak Cliff resident has been recognized nationally for his commitment to volunteerism and improving the community.

John Darjean, a Dallas native who lives in Oak Cliff, was named a 2012 Allstate Give Back Day Hero for his year-round dedication to volunteerism and positively impacting the lives of inner-city youth.

For the past 10 years, Darjean has been serving as a mentor and baseball coach to inner-city Dallas children in an effort to help prevent them from getting into trouble. Having grown up in a rough neighborhood, the sport of baseball is what Darjean credits as keeping him out of trouble as a child.

Darjean founded the inner-city baseball league called Majors 2 Minors and co-founded the Dallas Baseball Alliance, which teaches baseball fundamentals to children and uses the sport to help them learn discipline and other life skills.

Other organizations that Darjean volunteers for include the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Dallas Police Athletic League and the American Cancer Society. For his work throughout Dallas, Darjean was given the 2010 NAACP Humanitarian Award.

Darjean and three other individuals in the United States were named 2012 Allstate Give Back Day Heroes. Four years ago, Allstate Insurance Company started its Give Back Day program to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by encouraging people to volunteer in their communities on Jan. 16, which is MLK Day. The annual program recognizes people like Darjean who are committed to volunteering and bettering the lives of others.

For his volunteer efforts, Allstate Insurance Company donated $2,500 to the Dallas Baseball Alliance on behalf of Darjean and invited him to attend The King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Awards last month in Atlanta, which celebrates those who show excellence in leadership.

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