THE TEAM

Darnell McDonald | Founder


SVĀ Sport is built upon the concept of self-study. Darnell has years of professional athletic experience which will guide other individuals who are willing to understand and appreciate their own potential through the mindful concept of self mastery.


After graduating from high school as an All American at the age of 18, Darnell was the number one high school baseball player in the country and was drafted in the first round in 1997 Major League Baseball draft. He first played with the Baltimore Orioles, eventually moving to play for the Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds.  On August 30, 2009, he hit his first Major League home run playing for the Reds against Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. On April 20, 2010 in his debut for the Boston Red Sox, Darnell pinch hit in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers, and hit a game tying home run. He became the 9th player to hit a home run for the Red Sox in his first Red Sox at bat. That same game he became the first ever member of the Redsox to collect a game-ending RBI in his debut with the club. Darnell played briefly with the Yankees in 2012 and in 2013 was picked up to play for the Chicago Cubs, where he retired from playing. Two days later he was hired as assistant to Baseball Operations.  Darnell was one of the Mental Skills coaches for the Cubs in 2016 when they won the World Series after a 108 year drought. In January of 2017, Darnell successfully completed 200 hour yoga teacher training. Combined with the great talent of the Cubs roster and this focus on mental fortitude, the Cubs were able to overcome a century of defeat and reverse the curse. 

Darnell believes that all athletes have the ability and potential to perform more competitively once they can harness this mental strength. Through his personal experiences, he has a distinct perspective to help all athletes perform at their highest level.  

Self-study will help every athlete perform better. Focus. Presence. Calm.  Find your SVĀ.