Daniel Dietz is an amazing and caring
teenager. He has chosen to raise money for The Smile Train, an
organization that is dedicated to helping the millions of children in
the world who are born with a cleft lip and palate by providing free
surgery for children in over 70 countries, free training for doctors and
research to find a cure. He was inspired by the charity because one
hundred percent of all donations go towards the surgeries and it only
costs $250.00 to change a child’s life.
Daniel has been performing eye shocking yo-yo tricks to raise awareness
and money for The Smile Train. One spectator said Daniel is “a master of
space and time”. He has yo-yoed in the Basketball Hall of Fame, Six
Flags New England, at college basketball and hockey games and at least
once a week at some event. Daniel also teaches young children how to
yo-yo and is getting really good at asking adults for donations.
As of January 1, 2007, Daniel had raised more than $37,000 for The
Smile Train. He spends over 8 hours a week yo-yoing, calling places to
ask if he can yo-yo, writing letters to ask for donations and writing
thank you notes. His goal is to continue to raise more money because
there are so many waiting children all over the world who need this
surgery and cannot afford it.
Daniel has inspired other students by making them see that even an 11
year old can raise money (that is how old he was when he started this
project), can make a difference. We have received numerous letters and
cards from people telling us how incredible Daniel is and that they want
to donate because Daniel is using his own talents and putting himself
out there to help other children.
Daniel has yo-yoed in front of thousands of people and so many are
inspired by his compassion and commitment to The Smile Train. He truly
is making a difference through his outstanding community service and
To learn more about Daniel or to request a performance at a community
event or fund raising function in your area, please complete the contact
us form on this site for more information.