Former big league star Darryl Strawberry has overcome numerous battles with addiction to become an inspiration to thousands, and after turning his life around he has come to realize that by sharing his story he can inspire others to do the same.
On Monday, September 22 he took his message to Steubenville High School in Ohio and really made an impression on the kids. He spoke about the importance of staying strong and never allowing oneself to quit, and about how through faith, they could come to understand their purpose in life.
“You need to find your purpose right now, because when you walk out of these doors and leave high school, you’re going to step into the real world out there,” said Strawberry.
On the field Strawberry is known for his 335 home runs, 1,000 RBI and illustrious 17 year major league career that saw him capture All-Star appearances in eight of his first nine seasons. Although he struggled with addiction and off the field issues in the latter years of his career, he managed to still make his way back to the field. By not giving up and conquering his demons, he is both admired and respected for his journey by fans, fellow players, and those who only know him as simply, Darryl.
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