SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Former New York Mets and Yankees star Darryl Strawberry will visit Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School to tell his story of triumph, tragedy and redemption on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

Darryl Strawberry was the 1983 NL Rookie of the Year, an eight-time All-Star, and a three-time World Series champion (1986 Mets, 1996 and 1999 Yankees). He hit 335 home runs, had 1,000 RBI, and finished second in the NL MVP voting in 1988, when he led the league with 39 home runs.

Strawberry is also the author of Don't Give Up on Me, which skillfully weaves his story of childhood abuse, anxiety, and drug and alcohol addiction with easy-to-understand explanations of addiction from trained professionals. The book offers hope and a path to healing by shedding light on the addiction epidemic.

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Seating is limited. Reserve your seat by visiting No autographs will be signed at this event, but pictures are welcome.

"Darryl Strawberry is an amazing story. He was an elite athlete as a youth and then made a lot of money as a pro athlete. He will talk about how he developed a drug and alcohol problem, and lost it all. Darryl will focus on his early years, including the pressures and dysfunction of being an elite youth and of being a professional athlete,"  said Liz Knodel-Gordon, Student Assistance Coordinator for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools. "I want to recognize the work that Karen Sanchez did in writing the grant and making this event happen."

This event is made possible by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Education Association (SPFEA) PRIDE Grant, the SPFK12 Board of Education, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Municipal Alliance Committee, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.