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Darren Sproles
Darren was born June 20, 1983 in Waterloo, Iowa. He later moved to Kansas where he began playing football at age 8. For two consecutive years he was an All-Sunflower nominee, All Metro Honoree and an All-State selection. As a Senior in high school, he was named Kansas Hall of Fame Player of the Year and the USA Today Kansas Player of the Year. In high school, he rushed for 5,230 yards, averaging nearly 8.4 yards per carry and 79 touchdowns. He attended Kansas State in 2001 on a full-ride football scholarship, where he set 23 school records. He finished 11th on the all-time college rushing yards list, with the 6th most all-purpose yards in NCAA history. In 2003 he led Kansas State to its first Big 12 Conference Championship. In April 2004, Darren's mother Annette died at age 41 after a five-year battle with cancer. Honoring a commitment that he'd made to his mother, Darren bypassed early entrance to the NFL draft and returned to Kansas State in 2004 to complete his education and earn his college degree. In May 2005, Darren graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. That year he finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy Voting. Known as the "Lightning Bug" for his speed and agility, Darren Sproles was drafted in the fourth round by the San Diego Chargers in 2005. He has led the team as a punt and kickoff returner, and 3rd down running back, setting many personal and team records throughout his NFL career.

Michel Sproles
Michel Sproles was born November 29, 1983 in Harbor City, California. Raised in Los Angeles, Michel was a student-athlete and began running when she was only 7 years old for a local team, the Los Angeles Jets. While starting her running career under Coach Booker Woods, he instilled in her structure and disciplines both on and off the field. This would later carry her throughout life's many obstacles. As a young kid she traveled across the United States competing in National and Junior Olympic track meets. She carried this passion for running through high school and in 1998 at J.W. North High she became the Ivy League Champion in the 400 meters as a freshman, and a Varsity two-year letter winner in track and field by her sophomore season. After her sophomore year in high school Michel transferred to Long Beach Poly High and continued her academic and athletic journey as a Jackrabbit, and among many team and personal accomplishments, her team was crowned CIF Division 1 Champions and State champions in her senior year. Michel also had a desire to serve others, which she accomplished as a tutor for elementary school children and through her help with the L.A. Jets Track Club. Continuing to realize her athletic dreams, Michel received a full ride scholarship for Track and Field to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) where she majored in Communications (Journalism). After graduation in 2005, she went on to teach 7th grade History at an at-risk school in Nevada.

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