Name: John D.
Location: Grand Prairie, Texas
As Of: August 2010
Date Started Business: March 2010
Name: John D.
Professional Baseball Player Pays it Forward in Texas Community
John Darjean’s dream started with his father pouring into him every day after a long day at a chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Passionate about baseball, his father would play with John and his brother until the sun went down. Though John didn’t always aspire to play the sport professionally, at 17 he turned back to the game and his father’s dream eventually won out.
But even as he played college ball in Dallas and experienced the thrill of a lifetime being drafted to the New York Yankees, John struggled with health challenges. In spite of the Yankees “giving me all types of products, vitamins and pills,” if a player came into the locker room with a minor cold one day, John says he would have it the very next day.
Still, the speedy standout proved his high-value to the organization during his four-year tenure, even beating out every Yankee at the 60-yard dash and earning a new record for the team. While his dream seemed shiny and perfect, baseball in the 90’s came with a lot of pressure from professional players to take things to the next level with doping. Strongly opposed to trend that was spreading like wildfire, John moved on from professional baseball and returned to Texas to help young hopefuls strengthen their skills.
“My passion was always to work with kids,” shares John, who offered private lessons and started an inner city baseball league for kids called Majors 2 Minors.
It was at one of these private lessons that he met Isagenix 1-Star Golden Circle Belinda S. who shared that she was self-employed with Isagenix, which had top-of-the-line nutritional products.
“I thought ‘everyone says that,’” laughs John. “I told her ‘I was with the New York Yankees and they said they had the best products. Those products didn’t help me, so what can you give me that the New York Yankees can’t?’”
She challenged him to just try the products, so he took her up on the offer and started with the 9-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Even though he didn’t have any weight to lose and actually aimed to gain weight, he was shocked by how good he felt using the products.
He loved the IsaLean® Shakes, IsaPro® whey protein and Cleanse for Life® and began implementing the products into his routine. Soon, he was feeling even lighter on his feet and noticed that he was having virtually zero sick days.
“It’s like an old spiritual saying. When you feel bad, you know it,” explains John. “When you feel good and don’t know it, you forget to thank God.”
After a few months, John was 17 pounds* heavier thanks to the help of the high-quality whey protein in the IsaLean Shakes and IsaPro. He knew he’d found incredible products and decided that the 600 baseball players in his Dallas Baseball Alliance needed to get on the products for a well-rounded training regimen.
The small fee that all of the kids’ parents pay to play in the league goes directly to covering their products; a squirt of Isamune® before the game, and SlimCakes®, Want More Energy?®, an IsaLean Bar or an IsaLean Shake after the game instead of chips or sugar-laden sports drinks.
Even the Bob Knight’s Fieldhouse where John hosts the baseball practices and games has jumped on board, offering a special IsaLean Shake station complete with fresh fruit for people in the community to use as a lunchtime meal replacement or snack.
“These kids are getting the best training around and the best products around,” shares John, who is an Isagenix Consultant. “It’s a win-win situation and now the parents are even taking the products and telling their friends about it.”