Mariel Cooper is the older brother of Destin Wise and founder of We Ball 4 Destin, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. On June 14, 2015 tragedy struck Mariel and his family as they learned news that Destin had lost his life in a car accident.  On that day, Mariel's life was forever changed. To honor his brother, Mariel started #WeBall4Destin Foundation. He has always had a passion for sports, specifically football, and excelled at it from an early age. Because of his athletic skills he was able to further his education and career with a full football scholarship to South Carolina State University.



"I was his biggest motivation, now he's my biggest inspiration."

"I'm doing this for a whole bigger purpose."

Every year, thousands of college football players leave school with dreams of achieving a career in the NFL. Of those, 256 players are selected in the NFL Draft.  The remaining - the undrafted - must convince coaches, executives, and the pro football community that they deserve a coveted roster spot on an NFL team.  Watch Undrafted this September on NFL Network.


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Mariel's little brother Destin was planning to follow in his footsteps as a football player, even choosing to wear the same jersey number.  Mariel and Destin were more than brothers they were best friends. Mariel's main concern was making sure his brother stayed on the right track and did what he had to do to have a better life. Mariel and his family recently celebrated his brother’s accomplishment by graduating from Sumter High School on June 4th 2015.

Mariel played a significant role as a Defensive Back and on Special Teams, helping the Bulldogs win two MEAC Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014.  During his 3 years on the field, the defensive unit was ranked #1 in the nation for two years and #4 the other.  In addition to his success on the field, Mariel was also a dedicated student in the classroom, receiving Academic All-American honors for two seasons.  

After graduating in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering Technology he had one more eligible season to play college football and elected to attend graduate school at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.