Sports/Athletes

Athletes affected by and/or helping others in the area of drug addiction, pain killers, rehab and more.

Kim’s Mathis’ Story – From “Dope Baby” to NFL Wife, Entrepreneur and Author

There have been several news articles printed about how addicted mothers give birth to addicted babies.  This podcast interview is from the viewpoint of the addicted baby.  Kim Mathis was born addicted and lacked all of the things we count on our mothers for because her mom was an addict.  However, it made her even more determined to not only survive, but excel at everything she did.  Now she has written her story in her book – Dope Girl: A Story of Addiction (available on Amazon).

Her husband Kevin was a defensive back with the Dallas Cowboys and they have started the Kevin Mathis Foundation where she and Kevin raise funds for scholarships awarded to a deserving female high school student in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex who continues to excel in the face of adversity. A girl who shines in the classroom, on the sports field or in her community, despite strenuous life challenges, living conditions or financial strain. .

Kim  is now a successful entrepreneur.

Erin’s Story – That No Mother Should Endure

Erin’s story is horrific for any mom to deal with.  Not only did she lose her beloved son to a heroin overdose but when she started a foundation to spread his story in the hopes of helping others, she was arrested.

Here is the tragic story of a young man with a very bright future in hockey who overdosed after being prescribed opiates.  Here is also the story of a mother who doesn’t want any other mother to have to experience what she went through.

Randy’s Story – NFL Player from Addicted to Helping Others

When we think of athletes and drugs, it’s must include performance enhancing drugs like steroids.  However, when you are a professional athlete and your job depends on your performance, it’s easy to depend on pain killers to get through the next game or the next tournament.  That’s what happened to former Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman and NFL player Randy Grimes. Randy says he suffered 20 concussions during his career. He recalls one that occurred at the Pontiac Silverdome (Detroit) when he walked to the Lions sidelines instead of the Bucs’ sideline. He ended his football career addicted to pain killers.  He’s clean and sober now and helping others get sober. This is his story.