Darryl Strawberry to Speak at DYS Graduation


Youth completing Division of Youth Services programs in the northeast
region will have a special treat at their graduation ceremony at William Woods University Darryl StrawberryFriday— home-run legend Darryl Strawberry
will be their commencement speaker.

Approximately 50 young people between the ages of 16 and 19
who have completed their high school graduation requirements or their GED will
participate in the ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium at
William Woods University.  The graduates
include five young women from the Rosa Parks Center, which is located on the
WWU campus.
The graduation ceremony is not open to the public due to
limited seating.
The Division of Youth Services (DYS) is the state agency
charged with the care and treatment of youth in its custody. DYS services
include assessment, care and treatment and education.
Strawberry has faced legal and personal problems of his own,
including battles with cancer and cocaine. However, a quote appears on his
website that sums up what Strawberry is all about today: “The bat is retired,
the spikes are in the box, but the true purpose for my life is just beginning.”
He has set up the Darryl Strawberry Foundation, he says,
because “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.”
During his 17-year career, he helped lead the New
York Mets
to a World Series championship in 1986
and the New York Yankees to three World
championships in 1996,
1998 and 1999.
Strawberry and a representative of DYS will be
available for interviews at the conclusion of the graduation, which is expected
to take about 90 minutes.
For more information, contact Larry Strecker, regional administrator, Missouri Division of Youth
Services, at 573-449-2939 orLawrence.strecker@dss.mo.gov.