Prevention Starts With All: Former NBA Athlete Chris Herren
Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Chris Herren has shared his story of substance use disorder and recovery with over 1 million students, sparking honest discussions about addiction and wellness.
Herren was a high school basketball legend who scored over 2,000 career points and was named to the 1994 McDonald’s All-American team. He started his collegiate career at Boston College, then transferred to Fresno State after several failed drug tests, playing for legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, known for giving second chances to players. Herren was named to the All-WAC first team in 1996 and 1997 before announcing that he would need miss part of the season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder.
He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and then was traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000. After suffering a season-ending injury as a Celtic, Herren went on to play in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.
His recovery journey has been documented in the memoir Basketball Junkie, the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded, and in the media. Through Herren Talks, Chris has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance use disorder and wellness.