A-Rod gave anti-steroid speech at BaltimoreAlex Rodriguez or A-rod, who admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in the past, gave a talk against steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in a school in Baltimore.

Maryland congressional representative Elijah Cummings and state school Chief Dr. Nancy Grasmick, recently established an anti-steroid program called Powered by Me!.

According to Cong. Cummings, it was Alex Rodriguez himself who contacted him to offer his support for the anti-steroid program.

Rodriguez made his speech at the Milford Mill Academy in front of 500 student athletes last Tuesday.

In his speech, he acknowledged his mistake of taking a performance-enhancing drug. According to him, one of his missions in life is to turn a negative into a positive. He added that telling the truth felt liberating and good. Learning from our mistakes is something that we should be proud of, said Rodriguez.

The 12-time All star admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003, while still with the Texas Rangers.

He recounted his steroids use and advised the students to avoid using similar drugs.

Cummings was pleased that Rodriguez supported the program by giving a speech. He expects that a speech coming from such a high profile person could make a strong impact on the youth on playing fair and healthy.