WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Darryl Strawberry, four-time World Series Champion and 1983 Rookie of the year, will be the featured speaker at Coastal Horizons Center's annual luncheon on June 6.
The former Major League Baseball player will speak at the annual fundraiser about his battles with substance abuse.
"I have a heart for people, especially those who are faced with conditions, situations or battles in their lives that often bring a deep sense of hopelessness to the soul," said Strawberry. "As many people know, much of my life has been filled with the battles that have left me without hope. However, that is not the case today."
During his 17-year long career, he helped lead the New York Mets to a World Series Championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series Championships in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
A popular player during his career, he was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984-1991, and was well known for his play on the field and his controversial behavior off of it.
Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives.
"No matter what comes your way, or how many times you may fall, you do not quit," Strawberry says. "I do not know why we have to go through certain things in life, but I know that there is a purpose and a reason for everything."
Coastal Horizons Center's luncheon will be held on Friday June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Club of Landfall.
Reservations may be made by contacting Jamie Thompson at 910-790-0187910-790-0187.
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