Special to The Observer

MOULTRIE -- Former Atlanta Brave and longtime major league outfielder Brett Butler will be the guest speaker at the second annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes' John M. Mobley Memorial Banquet, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Colquitt County High cafeteria.

Honored at the banquet will be top FCA students from Charlie A. Gray and Willie J.Williams middle schools and Colquitt County High.

Tickets are $30 a person or $180 a table and are available from Fellowship of Christian Athletes adult chapter members, Trinity Baptist Church, Heritage Church and First Baptist Church or by calling 890-3112.

A cancer survivor, Butler retired from baseball in 1997 with a lifetime batting average of .290 and is one of just 26 players in major league history to compile 500 stolen bases and 2,000 hits and is currently a roving instructor for the New York Mets.

Born June 15, 1957, in Los Angeles, Butler moved to Illinois at 12 and graduated from Libertyville (Ill.) High in 1975.

He was a two-time All-America at Southeastern Oklahoma State before graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education.

Also in 1979 he was selected by the Atlanta Braves on the 23rd round of the free agent draft.

Butler played for the Braves from 1981-1983 before being traded to the Cleveland Indians.

He also played for San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

His career highlights include:

His autobiography "Field of Hope," which chronicles his major league career and his battle cancer.

Named the recipient of the Lou Gehrig Award, presented annually to the major leaguer who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig.

Named the recipient of the Arete Award for Courage in Washington, D.C.

Named the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, given annually to the major leaguer who demonstrates "service above self."

Named the recipient of the Los Angeles Dodgers True Value Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award for two consecutive seasons. The award is given annually to the player on each team exemplifying on-field excellence and off-field humanitarian qualities.

Named the recipient of the Baseball Writers of New York's You Gotta Have Heart Award, given annually to the major leaguer who demonstrates determination and heart.

Named the recipient of the American Cancer Society Award given annually by the President and Vice President in a ceremony at the White House.

Butler lives in Duluth with his wife Eveline. He has three daughters, Abbi, 20, Stefanie, 19, and Katie, 17, and son Blake 15.

He speaks around the country to corporations, ministries and churches.

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