TAMAQUA, Pa. -- Former NBA plater, Chris Herren, is scheduled to speak at Marian Catholic High School this coming week.
Former NBA player Chris Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career.
Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.
He attends meetings daily to support his substance-free lifestyle and often speaks before groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety.
In June of 2009, Herren celebrated one year of sobriety and took the next step in his career to launch a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc.
Since the summer of 2009, he has trained hundreds of basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.
Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. In May of 2011, his memoir Basketball Junkie, written with Bill Reynolds, was released, followed by the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded, directed by Jonathan Hock.
Herren is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction, and to educating people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012, The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.
To overcome his addiction, Herren said, “I started praying and something finally clicked inside me. I finished treatment and I’ve been sober ever since by the grace of God.”
In his inspiring and life-changing presentations, Herren connects with audiences, teaching them that it's never too late to battle back from adversity and make your dreams become a reality.
He'll be sharing his story with anyone who wishes to attend the event on Monday, May 15th, beginning at 7 o'clock PM.
Marian Catholic High School is located at 166 Marian Ave. in Tamaqua, PA 18252.