Darryl Strawberry has devoted his post-baseball life to helping others with addiction. He is also one of the top motivational speakers in the world on recovery and mental health
This past weekend, Strawberry helped Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka, Kansas, raise over $100,000 for mental health and addiction services. As the keynote speaker, he spoke at how important it is to give this kind of helping hand to members of the community.
“We need to bring back love and compassion and understanding and awareness of the need to help people,” said Strawberry. “It opens up the avenues for them to ask for help and not feel ashamed."
Strawberry harped on how many people did not think that opiates and heroin were their problems, but now abuse issues are widespread. Ultimately, his message was filled with hope as he shared his personal testimony of salvation.
“I try to use not only my baseball platform but also my message as a man of faith that that is what really turned my life all the way around,” Strawberry said. “When you get well, then the question is ‘What are you going to do?’ It’s about going back to help others."
Strawberry was one of baseball's stars throughout the late 1980s. He was selected to eight straight National League All-Star teams from 1984-91 and won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1986.
Strawberry had a late-career resurgence with the New York Yankees, winning three more championships and delivering big postseason moments. He also courageously battled and beat colon cancer during his tenure with them.
Throughout his career, Strawberry struggled with addiction, but later on, he became a born again Christian. He is a member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame and author of the memoir, "Straw: Finding My Way."
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