Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ connection to Haiti is through his late father, Jules Dareus, who grew up there before immigrating to the United States as a young adult. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marcell Dareus didn’t understand what the children were saying, but he knew he wanted to help.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle was touring Haiti in February 2017 with Hope for Haiti — a nonprofit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for Haitian people, particularly children — and was astounded when he saw the destruction that still remained from the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010. Especially when he saw the more than 800 children the organization was trying to help.

That’s when he continued to pledge his support for Hope for Haiti, and it’s partly why he returned to the country for a second time in June.

“It means the world to me,” Dareus said last month. “It’s an opportunity where I can just help out, give a little bit back. Can’t change the world but I can change a life. Just a little token.”

The Haitian people returned the favor. As part of Dareus’

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