Darryll Stinson

After attempting to end his life due to a severe career-ending back injury, Darryll Stinson got a second chance and discovered his purpose. Darryll now inspires students to defy the stats, believe they matter, and lean into vulnerability when it comes to mental health.


▪Athletics ▪Character Development ▪Drugs & Alcohol ▪First Year Experience ▪Leadership ▪Mental Health ▪Motivation & Inspiration ▪Orientation ▪Personal Growth ▪Resilience


▪You’re Enough!: A Game-Changing Mental Health Belief
▪More Than a Champion
▪Unleash the Leader Within
▪Ditch the Drugs! Drop the Street Cred!


Darryll’s Bio

Darryll Stinson’s ultimate goal in life is to be known for how he loves and gives.

He is a former Division 1 athlete, dynamic 2xTEDx speaker, hip-hop artist, pastor and best-selling author. He shares his life experience of overcoming addiction, childhood rejection, mental illnesses, bad “street-life” decisions and multiple suicide attempts to produce success in his life. He’s been featured on FOX, ABC, NCAA, and some of the top podcasts in the world.

His unique speaking style combines mental health practices with high performance habits to help audiences lead from their most authentic, powerful self.

Darryll received his Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and continues to invest in his education earning respected certifications in speaking, coaching, sales, and marketing.

When he is not working, Darryll enjoys rapping, reading, entertainment, music, sports and spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. #girldad

Darryll’s Blogs

The following are past entries Darryll has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

Mental Health

Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Darryll, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
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Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Darryll was absolutely incredible! For a person to be able to engage 500 students without a powerpoint was truly a testament to the amount of passion and heart he puts into his story and authentic session. He connected with the students and showed them how to be the best versions of themselves.

Cat Nanney

Director of Student Involvement, Florida Tech University


You’re Enough!: A Game-Changing Mental Health Belief

Society has lied to us.

The world has told us that we’ll be enough when we graduate magna cum laude, land that high-paying job, or reach the top of the socio-economic classes.

These are all great endeavors, but they can mislead us if we’re not careful.

Throughout this program, you’ll hear how fighting chronic depression and selling drugs across campus as a D1 athlete on a historic football team led Darryll to multiple suicide attempts, all because he never felt like he was enough.

You’ll hear how he overcame mental health stigmas to become a successful entrepreneur and family man.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to develop a system of self-care taht supports your desired level of success,
  • Why your identity shouldn’t come from your accomplishments, and two strategies to develop a healthy source of identity,
  • Why your weaknesses and insecurities don’t diminish your value but instead reveal your humanity, and when properly understood and leveraged can strengthen your leadership.,
  • How to reframe mental health stigmas to take pride in your wellness versus feeling shame.
More Than a Champion

This program will equip and inspire athletes to excel in sports and academics.

Student-athletes are constantly facing challenges to succeed in academics and athletics. “Should I get an extra workout in or go through my study cards one more time?” is one of many ongoing narratives pulling athletes in seemingly opposing directions.

Darryll Stinson, a former Division 1 athlete, knows this struggle all too well. As an athlete who went on to work in higher education for three years, Darryll learned common reasons why athletes don’t listen to the coaches, administrators and academic advisors who will do anything for their students but can’t seem to get more students to win on and off the field.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to become more than a champion by succeeding athletically and academically.,
  • The #1 secret to graduating with a 3.5 GPA or higher that no one is talking about,
  • Three drills every athlete should practice each day in order to improve school and game performance.
Ditch the Drugs! Drop the Street Cred

This program will inspire and equip students, faculty and staff to dramatically reduce drug and substance abuse on campus.

Let’s face it. Alcohol and substance abuse on campus sometimes feels impossible to manage. We can do everything we can to educate students on the effects of drug use and discourage use on campus, but we can’t control students.

There will always be students that can’t seem to drink responsibly and those that participate in the shadows of illegal drug-related activities.

The good news is that Darryll Stinson, a former Division 1 athlete and campus supplier of drugs, can help.

Packed with real-life vivid stories and compelling emotion, this program will empower students to Ditch the Drugs! Drop the Street Cred!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How “street cred” is fueling drug abuse and why students should drop it,
  • The top three hiding spots of drug dealers and how to end their business without being confrontational,
  • Why drug use is not what anyone wants (even if they think it is), and how to identify and supply what everyone is really looking for — love and connection.
Unleash the Leader Within

Unleash the Leader Within will inspire students to lead by example with confidence, clarity, and motivation.

Leveraging his personal story of feeling insecure about his voice, his terrible sense of fashion, and his mental illness, Darryll will share how he unleashed the leader that was buried beneath his insecurities in order to impact the world — and most importantly, how students can do the same.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How leadership is not as complicated as society traditionally portrays it to be,
  • How to discover their authentic leadership style and lead from who they are versus who they think they should be,
  • How imperfections and weaknesses will make them a great leader, and
  • How they can start exercising their leadership skills today, rather than waiting until they think they are ready.