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Crew Profile: Logan Smalley

January 05, 2009

Next up in the series Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles, it’s Director and Editor, Logan Smalley…

Darius Goes West started in Logan’s brain; he was the first crew-member to have the idea to capture some of the love and quest for change that Darius embodies.

Now, he serves as a kind of “promo-man” for all things Darius Goes West.

Logan does a lot of the public speaking for DGW…

…coordinates community members eager to support the cause…

…helps produce DGW content, like the blog and videos…

and frightens any young children we come across on the road. (Just kidding–the baby is actually crying because of some of the crew-members’ scary facial hair.)

Logan was a Special Education major at the University of Georgia, and recently received a Masters in education from Harvard University.

He uses what he learned in school to try meet the challenges of expanding the DGW Foundation, and he uses his phone (constantly) to try and encourage wide-spread adoption of this year’s one million DVD goal.

His job can get a little tiring…

…okay, REALLY tiring.

But fatigue is not an issue when one is pursuing their passion….

especially when that pursuit involves working with loved ones like his brother Ben (left) on a shared goal.

The supporters, both old and new, are the source of Logan’s motivation…

…especially the supporters who understand that the simple act of story-telling can combat a common and aggressive disease.

In the end, the hard work comes naturally, because Logan is lucky enough to take daily influence from the leader of this operation…

his life long friend, Darius “BigDaddy” Weems.

Up next on the continuing series Darius Goes West: Crew Profiles is Daniel Epting. Stay tuned!


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29 Responses to “Crew Profile: Logan Smalley”

  1. On January 5th, 2009, Karmen duncan said:

    You guys are simply amazing….

    karmen duncan
    atlant,a GA

  2. On January 5th, 2009, Lelia said:

    Reading your blog just made my day!

  3. On January 5th, 2009, kristin said:

    Great profile!!! Loved seeing Megan’s baby become famous! Miss you guys always but keeping up through your mom. Say hi to everyone for us. xoxo Kristin and Matt

  4. On January 5th, 2009, Lisa said:

    I don’t believe Darius Goes West started in Logan’s brain at all. It came straight from his heart!

  5. On January 6th, 2009, crow said:

    Your Mom(s) must be bustin’ with pride. You guys never cease to amaze me! Take care and don’t forget about us at CMS.

  6. On January 9th, 2009, madison said:

    Hey! i love you guys!! especially logan and darius!!!! you guys came to my school! (savannah country day) i was one of the cazy ones from the girls chorus! you guys are amazing and i hope you achieve your goal~~

    i luv ya guys!

  7. On January 27th, 2009, Rebecca H. said:

    I am inspired by Darius and this crews efforts to find a cure for this awful disease! I have Myasthenia Gravis, which is a neuromuscular disease similar to MS. I hope that one day with all the people in the world working diligently to raise funds to find a cure, that we do just that! Take care and keep on truckin’!

  8. On February 11th, 2009, keri oldaker said:

    Logan your amazing. Everyone here can’t wait until you come during march. The whole school is so excited. My principal talks about darius everyday. someone that i know is losing strength intheir legs and might have to be put in a wheel chair, one of my grandfathers is already in a wheelchair and its really hard for all of us.

  9. On February 11th, 2009, grace said:

    you guys are so cool. hahah. like realllly.
    your really good looking too ;)

  10. On February 11th, 2009, keri oldaker said:

    dms driver middle school is so excited to have you come. our principal talks about you on the anouncements all the time in fact you were on the announcements this morning.

  11. On February 11th, 2009, keri oldaker said:

    i agree with grace nolan. she is in all of my classes.

  12. On February 11th, 2009, keri oldaker said:


  13. On February 11th, 2009, grace said:

    hahaha, kari i agree with me too.

  14. On February 11th, 2009, Alicia Leach said:

    Logan i am so impressed with everything you have done for Darius. i am always going to look up to you for everything you have done!!!!:P

  15. On February 11th, 2009, keri oldaker said:


  16. On March 3rd, 2009, Skye said:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I am so excited that you and Darius and the rest of your crew are coming to my school(Garrison Forest School in Maryland) in 10 days!!!!!!!! You are so dedicated to helping Darius with everything you do!Rock on DGW!!!!!

  17. On March 4th, 2009, craig mcgillivray said:

    I did the video conversion for you backstage at TED, Thanks for the movie, I showed it to some friends last night and they were enthralled. Sending the DVD on to a friend in Alaska. I’ll buy a few more and send them to others as well.
    Great job, you guys are the modern Jerry Lewis. Always happy to help, just holler.

  18. On March 18th, 2009, Desiee M Sanderson said:

    logen is sooooo sweet and funny and kinda cuite

  19. On March 25th, 2009, kOURTNEY said:

    hey logan your really amazing with everything you have done for darius…. hope yall are having fun ….. DGW ROCKS…. COME TO SULPHUR OKLAHOMA… WE WOULD LOVE IT ….. THANKS…

  20. On March 25th, 2009, Megan Bankey said:

    hey….. what up you guys are great and you are such a freat friend to darius keeping changing people livesssssssss…….Your My Idol!!!!!!

  21. On March 25th, 2009, meghan said:

    i loved when you guys came to my school…everybody was sooooo exicted and grace loved it when you called her up logan!!!!

  22. On March 29th, 2009, lil person said:

    k, Logan cried like 500 times in the movie, so he wins the most emotional DGW crew member.

  23. On April 24th, 2009, Nicolle said:

    Hey, you guys do AMAZING things, we watched your movie in guidance, and you are truly awesome. Have you ever considered coming to Billings Montana?

  24. On June 16th, 2009, Stacy Fowler said:

    Hi Logan,

    I am the mom of some of your mini-crew in Clemson (Emma, Owen and Ian). Would love to do something with you all this summer. Anything going on in Athens we can help with? Or something we can do locally? Please let us know. We need our fix of “Darius” motivation.

    So proud of Darius, the crew and MTV. You all are in our thoughts and hearts.

    Stacy Fowler

  25. On September 29th, 2009, Alex said:

    Alright. Your movie was bomb! and you guys hella need to come back out to California preferably the bay area because 1. your hot 2. darius is a baller and 3. the movie was soooo good!

  26. On October 5th, 2009, Danielle said:

    Darius is my hero. During the movie I was like crying infront of my whole class, it was pretty bad. It wasn’t because i pitty him (he doesnt want to be pittied) but because he touched my heart. I respect Darius forever.

  27. On August 30th, 2010, Kinam Park said:

    Logan and crew, i am so impress with you all. What are wondeful poeple Darius has!!!!!!!!!!!
    May God blessed all.

  28. On April 21st, 2011, Sarah Chapman said:

    Hey Logan and crew, you all did an AMAZING job on this video!!!! It touched my heart soooooo much!!!! You all made a huge impact on my life! God has blessed you all will continue to bless you!!!!!!! Darius has showed me to be strong! You and the rest of the crew have showed to humble yourselves for someone else!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all the hard work!!!!!

  29. On August 8th, 2015, Mochmoch said:

    I was born the son of Arlen (duck) and Lona Workman born 1959 at Man General Hospital. We were poor dad was a miner at Laredo Coal Mines where he was a hero for saving other minres when a large part of the roof fell on them. My mom and dad did the best they could for us 6 kids (Thomas Arlen, Donna Sue, Janet Lynn, myself, Linda Jane and Christopher Arlen.) We’re are all grown. dad’s left us. mom’s still with us. this is who I am and proud to be who I am. I had forgotten this and lost my way. It’s my opinion that if you don’t remember where you come from how can you know where to go next in life. Thank you dad for being hard on me he made me a stronger man, Thank you mom for always being there to listen and give good advice. Much love to you both.

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