Former Texas track star talks addiction, Friends of Sinners program

Tyrone Scott talks drug addiction

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Tyrone Scott was an elite track athlete at the University of Texas and ran professionally as well.

Sadly though, Scott later got addicted to drugs. Now he is in his road to recovery through a local non-profit in Owensboro called Friends of Sinners.

Tyrone Scott had it all- a successful track and field career at the University of Texas, a signed deal with Nike and then as a police officer in Indianapolis. But when his wife left him, everything changed.

“It just turned my whole world upside down and I just went straight to drugs," he said.

He lost everything, and became homeless in San Antonio. After almost taking his own life, a loved one from Scott’s past reached out and moved him to Chicago, where he found out about Friends of Sinners in Owensboro.

“I said ‘Great where is it?’ And she said ‘It’s in Kentucky.’ And I said ‘Where?’ She said ‘Owensboro, Kentucky.’ I said ‘Okay,’” Scott remembered.

Scott knew he needed help, so he took a Greyhound to Owensboro,

“I was done," he said. "I was tired. I was willing to do whatever it took to get my life back.”

Where he says the past seven months have changed his life.

“Now people are like wow! That’s Tyrone, he was a professional athlete!" Scott said. "People didn’t see that before, all they saw was an addict.”

Scott now is a recovering drug addict, a mentor at friends of sinners, employed and has grown strong in his faith.

“He gives me strength and guides me on the right path as promised.”Scott read his favorite verse from the Bible.

He knows Friends of Sinners has kept him alive. Scott says Owensboro is his new permanent home and he hopes to one day coach local children in track.

“It saved my life and without this program I wouldn’t be here," he said. "I wouldn’t be able to give back to Owensboro.”

If you would like to donate to Friends of Sinners in their year end giving campaign you can makes checks payable to Friends of Sinners and send to them at 320 Clay Street Owensboro, KY 42303 or visit their website at

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