Former Major League Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry Speaks to Local Students


He’s a baseball legend that fought through addiction, depression and conviction to turn his life around after losing it all.

Darryl Strawberry took his story to Steubenville High School to spread his message about how faith changed his life. Strawberry’s message to the students was to stand strong and never quit. He said through faith, they will be able 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 there,” Strawberry told students.

While he’s known for his 335 homeruns, 1,000 RBI’s, four World Series titles and eight All-Star appearances, many didn’t know that Strawberry was struggling with depression and addiction throughout his career as a baseball player.

Steubenville High School students heard first-hand the kind of struggles Strawberry faced, and how he was able to overcome them by finding his purpose through faith. “That will revive you more than anything else you accomplish or achieve, is having faith because it’s going to carry you through to eternal,” he told students.

Soon, students will have the chance to discuss their problems and how to find their purpose in life thanks to the launch of a new “Fellowship of Christian Athletes” program coming to area high schools. “Just to become better citizens, more honest people, as they challenge one another as they study the truths of the bible and FCA helps with that,” said Starkdale Presbyterian Youth Paster, Bobbyjon Bauman.

To learn more about Darryl Strawberry, his story, ministry and recovery center, visit

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