Growing up in South Florida, Darren Weissman loved the sport of basketball so much he would dribble a ball around his neighborhood while waiting for pick up games.
On Sunday, Weissman, now 30, will attempt to do what he did as a child in an effort to make it in the Guinness Book of World Records. He will participate in the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon and will try to break the record for fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs. At the same time, he will help raise funds for Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, a charity that provides care and support for high-risk foster children.
“I realize that such an accomplishment won’t go unnoticed,” he said. “I hope it inspires everyone to realize anything is possible, never give up, and use whatever unique talents they have to improve society.”
The current record is 4 hours, 55 minutes.
Weissman has been coined Dr. Dribble because of his dribbling skills.
He is the coach of the middle school boys basketball team at Gulliver Academy and lives near Pinecrest.
Weissman said he finished the ING Miami Marathon in four hours and 48 minutes while dribbling two basketballs, but he didn’t notify Guinness officials. He said achieving the goal isn’t his sole purpose.
“After receiving an overwhelming amount of feedback from people who were either inspired or entertained by it, my only regret was not doing it for a charity that is dear to me,” said Weissman who played for the Killian High School basketball team. “Completing a personal goal is nice but doing it and uplifting others by shining a little light into their lives is more meaningful.”
Weissman, who is a personal trainer and develops young aspiring basketball players, fostered Jonathan Holton, now 21.
“I was only 23-years-old at the time but scared me more than assuming that responsibility was the fear of what might become of him if I didn’t,” Weissman referred to when Holton asked to move in with him. “I said ‘yes’ under the condition that we train and practice every single day and we did.”
Currently, Holton, who played for Coral Gables High School, is playing for Palm Beach State College and will be transferring to Florida International University next season.
Holton said he has much appreciation for Weissman, who he credits for his success in basketball. Holton said he believes Weissman will accomplish his goal.
“It’s great,” Holton said in a phone interview. “I feel he worked hard to really do it. I feel he put so much effort to break it.”
Holton plans to be there and watch Weissman break the record. So far, Weissman has raised close to $1,000.
“My goal is more than just the money, its about raising awareness,” he said.
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