Former NBA player Chris Herren will speak at Neumann University on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Herren will share his harrowing story of abuse and recovery. His story was featured in the ESPN documentary Unguarded, and his memoir, Basketball Junkie.
A former NBA player, Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addictions. Sober since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else. He launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company that offers basketball training, camps and clinics, in New England in 2009.
Off the court, Herren continues to share his story with audiences in hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. In his presentation, he draws on his own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams and urges them to overcome their setbacks and start making the right choices.
The 6’2" guard scored more than 2,000 career points while at Durfee High School and was a Boston Globe and Gatorade player of the year as well as being named to the McDonald’s All-American Team in 1994. He attended Boston College only to break his wrist during his first collegiate game and while sidelined by his injury, he failed several drug tests and left Boston College. He was picked up by Fresno State and coach Jerry Tarkanian and Herren went on to lead the WAV and nation in assists and steals, and was named to the all-WAC first team in 1996 and 1997.
He was drafted in the second round (4th pick, 33rd overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played one year with the Nuggets, seeing action in 45 games prior to being traded to the Celtics in 2000.
Want to attend? Please call 484-840-4710 to reserve your spot. Admission is free