Taylor Hooton, a 16-year old, 6' 2", 180 pound, with a history of depression, was on several anti depressants. On July 15, 2003, Taylor took his own life. His parents blamed his death depression resulting from his withdrawal from steroids.
For his work in this field,
• Don was named the Texas Sports Personality of the Year by the Dallas Morning News in 2005. • In 2009, he was named the 15th Most Powerful Sports Person in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Observer, • He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport, and • He was presented with the Distinguised Service Award by the United States Sports Academy.