HILLSIDE, NJ - Hillside legend Darrell "Flash" Gordon will be delivering a motivational speech to his Alma Mater, Hillside High School, on February 19, for his Black History Month homecoming presentation at 9:15 a.m. 

Gordon graduated from Hillside High and earned a scholarship to attend University Notre Dame.  Darrell "Flash" Gordon, a stellar football player, played for Lou Holtz and was a part of the 1989 Hula Bowl Football all-star game. 

Today, Gordon is an accomplished lawyer, motivational speaker and is a Chief Executive Officer of a multi-million dollar youth organization.   

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Gordon attended George Washington School during his elementary and middle school years and Hillside High School until he graduated. He will be speaking on Wednesday to help motivate and inspire the teachers, students and community for their Black History Month Homecoming Presentation.

In 2003, Darrell received The National Williams D. Reynolds Award by the Notre Dame Alumni Association for performing exceptional work with youth for the betterment of the quality of life. In 2005, Darrell also received The Exceptional Service Award by The Chase College of Law for exhibiting the ideals of Chase through daily contributions in service to the community. In 2006, Darrell was the recipient of the top 20 Distinguished Minority Notre Dame Alumni Exemplar Award. In 2008, Darrell received the Notre Dame Law Association St. Yves Award for devoting substantial time and effort in the practice or support of social justice law. In 2014, He was chosen as 1 of 25 top executives in the state of Indiana to participate in the 2015 Journey Fellowship. In 2015, Darrell was recipient of the Center for Leadership Development Minority Achievers award for excellence in Business & Industry and the IARCA Excellence in Service Award. In 2016, Darrell was awarded the highest honor in the State of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash award, from Governor Mike Pence (now Vice President of the United States). In 2019, Darrell was honored with the Champion of Diversity award from the Indiana Minority Business Magazine and as one of Indy’s Most Pivotal Leaders.

A native of Hillside, New Jersey, Darrell had the privilege of playing under the leadership of one of college football Hall of Fame most-winning coach, Lou Holtz at the University of Notre Dame.

Darrell earned a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business and a Master’s degree of Science in Administration from Notre Dame, a Juris Doctorate from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law, a Certification in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University School of Philanthropy, and Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.

Since 2001, Darrell has served as Chief Executive Officer of a multi-million-dollar youth organization. Before that he served as an adjunct Sports Law Professor for the graduate school at Ball State University and worked for the NCAA for five years in their legislative and student athlete advisory department. Darrell also serves as a national public speaker on the topics of Character Development, Diversity Training, Leadership Empowerment for Change.

In September 2018, Darrell became an author when his first book hit the shelves entitled, “Change Does Not Occur In A Flash”.