Featured Speaker: R.A. Dickey -2012 Cy Young Award Recipient
R.A. Dickey, former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves baseball team is originally from Nashville, TN. After being abused as a child, he was invited to an FCA meeting by a friend in middle school where he was able to learn about God and see God’s love in action through his friend. Later that year, he surrender his life to Christ.
After being named state prep player of the year and graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, he went on to play baseball for the University of Tennessee. While at UTK, he became an All-American and earned a starting position on Team USA during the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1996, but an issue with his throwing arm that showed up in the physical exam before he signed his contract limited the team’s investment in him. He continued to shift from team to team for many years. In 2005, his career was at a crossroads. He was given the option to stay in the minor leagues or learn how to throw a knuckleball. He is now known for his knuckleball, won the Cy Young Award in 2012 as the first knuckleballer in MLB history to win the award, and last played for the Atlanta Braves.