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Chris Herren      

Former NBA Player & Speaker on Substance Abuse Disorder and Wellness

Chris Herren was a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts who scored over 2,000 career points while at Durfee High School and was named to the 1994 McDonald's All-American team. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and then traded to his hometown Boston Celtics in 2000. Herren struggled with substance use for much of his basketball career. Alcohol and drugfree since August 1, 2008, he chronicled his journey to recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. In June of 2009, he began sharing his story with audiences across the United States with the hope of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. To support this vision, he founded The Herren Project in 2011, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the disease of addiction by providing navigation, recovery housing and coaching scholarships, family support and educational initiatives. Most recently in March of 2018, Chris founded Herren Wellness, a health and wellness organization that offers innovative prevention and recovery treatment solutions, with a focus on self discovery.

Speech Topics

Unguarded: A Conversation with Chris Herren

This program format has been designed for school assemblies and community groups, with the focus of relating Chris’s story to school-aged audiences nationwide. Following a DVD highlighting Chris’s basketball career and journey to sobriety, Chris will touch on such topics as drunk driving, gateway drugs, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. Additionally Chris will share statistics of drug and alcohol use amongst teens nationwide. To conclude the event, Chris will field questions from the audience.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his story in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a five-minute DVD introducing Chris Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA, which began to unravel as a result of making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self-harm. To conclude the event, Chris will field questions from the audience.


Substance abuse and recovery


Chris Herren, former Boston Celtic, to spend evening at Ludlow High ...

Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtic, will discuss healthy life choices at the Ludlow High School auditorium on Oct. 24.

Chris Herren will speak to Seabrook children on Oct. 27

SEABROOK — Chris Herren had everything going for him: good looks, a strong body, athletic talent and the job of his dreams playing pro ball for the Boston Celtics. He lost it all because he couldn’t stop doing drugs.

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