Born in San Diego, Darius grew up in a house where tales of the Negro Leagues were shared over fishing trips, sports was the popular topic at the dinner table over his mom’s New Orleans’ cuisine, and each night came to a close with stories of his father’s travels.
As the youngest of six kids, Darius couldn’t help but to observe the movie called The Allen Family. All the philosophies, quotes, and books from his Texas-born father, Red, were passed down to him with the responsibility to cherish and recount them. One book in particular, Art Rust’s Illustrated History of The Black Athlete, cemented Darius’s love for sports history and popular culture.
Darius’s wonder years were filled with childhood dreams of representing Encanto Little League in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania; trips to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to root for the Trojans; visiting the Los Angeles Raiders’ locker room to collect sweaty wristbands from his brother’s teammates; and traveling to the cold weather of Canada to watch another brother play in the Grey Cup.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Economics and a special interest in sitting in cinema classes. As the Founder and CEO of Varsity Club, Darius can now be found writing a novel, revising a screenplay, and shining a light on the trailblazers and trendsetters who have strived for excellence in the past, present and future.
Varsity Club is comprised of a team of sport enthusiasts and connoisseurs of popular culture.
CEO, Screenwriter, Author
Creative Director, Screenwriter, Author
EL Mahdi Young
Informal Advisor to the CEO