August 15th

Darrel will be appearing at The Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser at Sugarloaf CC in Sugar Hill, GA

August 20th

Major League Alumni Appearance at Turner Field, Atlanta, GA.

October 17th

Darrel will be appearing at the Jim Beauchamp Southwest Christian Care Celebrity Golf Classic

September 16th – 17th

Darrel will be appearing in Hammond, Indiana

September 29th – October 2nd

Darrel will be at the CC&R Retreat in Daytona Beach, FL.

October 9th – 11th

Darrel will appear at the Skylake Men’s Retreat in Waynesville, NC

October 2oth, 2016

Darrel will be playing in the Phil Niekro Golf Classic for The Edmondson-Telford Center for Children

October 27th

Darrel will be speaking at the Clergy Appreciation Breakfast at Truett McConnell University

November 30th – December 3rd 2016

Darrel will be appearing at the CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

December 5, 2016

Darrel will be speaking at the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce.

January 22nd, 2017

Darrel will be speaking at Mountain View H.S. in Buford, GA at their season’s kickoff banquet.


Every month the men from the Greenwood Community Church 12 week class from early in 2014  continues to meet each month, this time for dinner at an awesome local pizza place, Fiocchi’s Pizzeria.

Dan has led a 12 week Your Life Matters class at Pegasus Restaurant on Friday morning.

Dan gave the Your Life Matters message and challenge to some guys who are in a bad spot in the Douglas County Jail.  They ate-it-up!

Darrel spoke to the Student Council Association of Georgia High Schools at The State Capitol building’s House of Representatives Chambers. The talk will be one of encouragement to our younger people on leadership. Their life matters!

Darrel spoke at the Christmas Party for Singing River Federal in Mobile, Alabama. The title of the talk was “What’s My Place on this Team.”

Darrel spoke at the Chef’s Touch Bistro in Cornelia, GA to the Cornelia Kiwanis Club. Title of talk was “What kind of a role model are you? Are you making your life matter?”

Darrel spoke at both services at The Torch Church in Demorest, GA, about “Your Life Matters!”

Dan helped the men of Crossroads Church in Broomfield kick off 2015 with the “Your Life Matters” messageAbout150 guys were there.

Darrel made an appearance at The CC&R Summit in Miami Beach, FL, representing Prime Retail Services and Your Life Matters movement.

Dan was back to New Hope Presbyterian Chruch, this time  to launch the Your Life Matters Challenge, a new version of the Welcome to the Big Leagues message.

Dan spoke the the men’s ministry breakfast at The Rock Church, in Castle Rock.

A group of seniors at Bonaventure Senior Living Center in Castle Rock, CO, were the audience when Dan gave the Your Life Matters message.

Dan enjoyed a great time with the Evergreen, CO Rotary Club, at the Mount Lauren Country Club.

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Dan spoke to about 150 men at the Cherry Hills Community Church, Highlands Ranch, CO.  There were awesome mountain views as you can see in the picture above.

Darrel Chaney came to Castle Rock for a great night at a real, Colorado working ranch.Thanks to some generosity and unusual opportunities a very special night came together beautifully.  The magnificent Wiens Ranch, just off 105, one of Douglas County’s prettiest drives, was the location for a night of baseball food, baseball stories with a Big League ball player and the challenge to hit the ball out of the park with the Your Life Matters message.Wiens Ranch 2

Darrel spoke at the 3rd Annual Travelball National Championship Banquet in Marietta, GA.

Darrel did a book signing at Mt. Yonah Book Exchange in Cleveland, GA.

Darrel signed books and spoke to The Atlanta Braves’ 400 Club luncheon at Turner Field.

Darrel spoke to the White County Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon about Leadership and Your Life Matters! For more information contact Vicky Frankum at 706-865-5356 or

Darrel spoke to The First Methodist Church of Jasper, GA and the Jasper Georgia Optimist Club’s Wild Game Dinner in Jasper, GA.

Darrel spoke to the men’s breakfast at The Torch Church in Cornelia Georgia.

Darrel spoke to The Commercial Construction and Renovation Retreat at The Aloft Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

Darrel spoke to the Store Floors National Sales Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Darrel spoke at three sessions at the Southern Association of Student Councils’ Annual Conference in Buford, Georgia. Darrel will be speaking to students from 15 states who aspire to be the next generation of leaders in our country. Darrel will talk to them about just how much their lives will matter!

Darrel spoke in Savannah Georgia to the county government customers of Main Street Technologies. Title “Your Life Matters!”

Darrel will be speaking at The Manufacturing Summit at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, GA

Dan enjoyed a morning at Heflebower Funeral Services, Highlands Ranch CO.    Owner/director Mike Heflebower  (720-344-6087) was a great host and Dan enjoed making some new friends.

Darrel spoke to Mainstreet Technologies National Conference at The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. We hope this message didn’t stay in Vegas but spread across the nation when everybody when home.

Darrel gave the Big League-Your Life Matters message at The Wild Game Supper at the In Focus Church in Evans, GA. Lamar Garrard was the host and you can contact him at for more information. Or

Dan completed a 12 week class, an inning a week, with a men’s class at Greenwood Community Church, Greenwood Village, CO. The book is great to study, on week at a time.

Darrel was interviewed on WLW radio in Cincinnati Ohio regarding Dan Hettinger’s book, “Welcome to The Big Leagues. Call the station and ask for the recording.

Darrel spoke at the United Way Allocation Luncheon in Cleveland, Georgia

Darrel was the House Chaplain for the Day at the State Capitol of Georgia. He told the Congressmen how much their life matters!

Dan filled in for a week at the Wednesday morning Men’s Bible Study group at Greenwood Community Church. His Your Life Matters message interrupted their walk through Hebrews but Dan found some scriptures in chapter 12 that fit. We can customize the message to the goals of the group.

Dan spoke to the Men’s Ministry at Jubilee Fellowship, Lakewood, CO. Your Life Matters was the theme.

Dan gave the Welcome to the Big Leagues–Your Life Matters Message to the Presbyterian Women’s Group at New Hope Pres. Church, Castle Rock, CO.

Darrel will appear at the 2014 Commercial Construction & Renovation Summit in Tampa, Florida.

Darrel spoke to the Skylake Men’s Club in Sautee, Georgia on “Your Life Matters!”

Darrel will be speaking to the Skyladies Club in Sautee, Georgia on “Your Life Matters!”

Dan was excited with the results of a Life Group from New Hope Presbyterian Church after six week in Welcome to the Big Leagues. They invited Dan to their final week and share all that they had learned and what the can do next.

Darrel will host his 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Event in Helen, Georgia, benefitting United Way and the 18 agencies in serves in White County, GA. For more information go to

Darrel appeared at Maggie Valley Resort in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Dan spoke to the Castle Rock Rotary Club on a snowy Colorado morning.

Dan has a handful of new friends after spending 4 Monday nights with some great guys at Greenwood Community Church. We may do more with this church. Stay tuned.

A bunch of people heard Dan on the radio, 850 KOA, as Bo Mitchell and Bob Beltz interviewed him. Here is the link where you can her Dan and a bunch of other great shows.


It was -11 degrees, but about 50 of Castle Rock’s best youth and parents came to the “YOUR LIFE MATTERS” vs. TEEN SUICIDE (and other youth and family applications) presentation at Castle Oaks Church.

In both services of God’s Grace Community Church, Dan presented the grace message your life matters. It was an awesome Sunday.

Dan spoke to The Gridiron Champions Breakfast of Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Englewood, CO

Dan spoke at the men’s breakfast meeting at His Love Fellowship in Denver. About 50 men attended–40 were homeless but they were locked in and responsive to the “Your Life Matters” message. For more information on this ministry contact Irv Lucero at

Dan and Darrel are now honorable SOB’s (Sons of BarBQue). The enjoyed an awesome night with the men of First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach Florida Tim Gooley can give you for more information on their men’s ministry.– We give a Big League endorsement to this great bunch of guys!

Darrel spoke to The Habersham, White and Stephens County Board of Realtors. Talk was titled, “Tell the Truth and you won’t have to remember what you said.”

Darrel attended a Charity Fundraiser for the Edmondson Telford Center for Children in Braselton, GA. Contact Jane Carpenter at for information about the children’s center.

Darrel made an appearance at The South Western Christian Care Fundraiser in Union City, GA.

Darrel spoke to The Cornelia Georgia First Baptist Men’s Group at 7:30 am. For information on their men’s ministry contact David Foster at 706-499-2925 or

Dan was interviewed by Mark Johnson, sports director for 850 KOA, on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) Denver, for a 20 minute interview of Praise the Lord. Check local listings for broadcast times.

Darrel spoke to The Men’s Fraternity Group of Bethlehem First Baptist Church in Clarkesville, GA. at 6:30pm. For information contact Shad Hill at

Dan appeared at the Comedy Works at the Landmark Center in Greenwood Village, CO. That is somewhat true but a little misleading–I just wanted to say it that way. All Saints Ministry, Denver, founded by Mark Brewer, meets there on Sunday and Dan was the guest speaker.

Dan enjoyed speaking at Heritage Evangelical Free Church in Castle Rock, CO. The “Your Life Matters” message, including Welcome to the Big Leagues baseball stories, works on a Sunday morning to the whole church crowd.

Dan was honored to speak at the church he founded in Castle Rock, CO, Castle Rock Bible Church.  It was another great Sunday morning expeirence with Welcome to the Big Leagues and the Your Life Matters message.

Darrel spoke on “Your Life Matters” at the 12u Cal Ripken World Series Banquet being held in Hammond Indiana.  This event was the same place and nearly on the 53rd anniversary of his encounter with Ernie Banks and the “I’ll see you in the Big Leagues” autograph.

Darrel spoke at a Benefit Dinner in Hammond, Indiana for InnerMission Inc. A Non-Profit Organization Transforming the Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana, One Need at a Time. It will be held at the Area Career Center at 5727 Sohl Ave. in Hammond. For more information contact Scott Wells at

Dan shaed the Big League grace message, “Your Life Matters” at Heritage Evangelical Free Church in Castle Rock.

Dan signed a few  books at Lost Coffee, in Castle Rock, CO.   You can still buy one there.

Darrel spoke  at The Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, GA

Dan spoke at the monthly meeting of Concervatives of Color, in Colorado Springs, CO

Darrel spoke about the book to The Habersham Rotary Club in Cornelia, GA.  Contact Duane Hartness at 706-776-2246.

Darrel appeared at a fundraiser for The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter in Duluth, GA. Contact Roger Green at

Darrel spoke about the book to the Johns Creek Rotary Club in Johns Creek GA.

Darrel spoke at the Skylake Men’s Golf Retreat in Maggie Valley, NC.

Darrel appeared at The Georgia Legends Event benefitting The Gwinnett County Children’s Shelter.

Darrel hosted his annual Celebrity Golf Event for United Way of White County, Georgia.

Dan spoke to the Revive 1787 group.  He told the spiritual/social/political group our job is as simple as three words…”your life matters.”  Know your life matters, tell someone their life matters and treat everybody like thier life matters.  That’s the way to change the world!  Check out this group’s web site  I think they are going to post my speech there soon.  The big event for fall is Dr. Ben Carson.

Darrel took the Welcome to the Big Leagues message to the Cleveland, Georgia Rotary Club. For information on the Rotary club contact Melissa Gilll at  A bunch of people bought books.  The message is connecting with people everywhere.

Wow.  What a great weekend in Castle Rock, CO with Darrel and Dan speaking at the Men’s Breakfast and in the worship service at New Hope Presbyterian Church.  You can hear them together by listening to the podcast.  Go to   For mor info on the Men’s Ministry contact Kevin or Rob via  A Big League endorsement to his men’s gorup.

Darrel was on the Catholic radio   You  are able to hear the audio at a later date by going to the website and clicking on CATHOLIC HOUR ARCHIVES.

Dan had a great time reconnecting with his Kiwanis Club in Castle Rock, CO.  They were very responsive to the message, “You are in the Big Leagues.  Your life matters!”

Darrel spoke to the Texas Relocation Council in Dallas, TX – contact Janie Linders – if you need to relocate.

Dan and Darrel –  book signing at Office Pro’s in Gainesville, GA.  John and the Office Pro’s staff were awesome to work with.   It was great to hand with Hall of Famer, Phil Neikro.  The crowd was enthusiastic and responsive.

Dan and Darrel –  Helen First Baptist Men’s Retreat in Helen, GA.  Not only did the men enjoy it, but at least one was determined to spread the message to other churches that need to hear the Welcome to the Big League message, your life, and ministry matter!

Darrel and Darrel signed books at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland GA.  One grandmother bought books for each of her grandsons!  She wants them to know, their lives matter!

Darrel and Dan spoke at the Men’s Breakfast at Heritage Evangelical Free Chruch in Castle Rock, CO

Dan spoke at Emmaus Anglican Church in Castle Rock, CO.  He brought the sermon in the morning service and lead a class after the service.

Dan spoke in Lakewood, CO, to the Denver area Pastors of The Christian Church–Disciples of Christ.

Darrel  spoke to the  Helen, GA Rotary Club at Bernie’s Nacoochee Guest House

Darrel spoke to the Braselton, GA Rotary Club at Chateau Elan’s Legends Golf Club – Contact Greg Wilson

Darrel gave his testimony at Victory Home in Tallulah Falls, GA.

Darrel spoke to the Mountain Education Charter High School in Cleveland, GA.


To invite Dan and/or Darrel to speak to your group use any of the contact information given below. 

The Jakin Group, Inc. (A ministry of encouragment)

558 E. Castle Pines Parkway

STE B 4-143

Castle Rock, CO 80108-4608

720-608-1250 You can also order books at this number.  or