Chris Herren is former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate who struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.
He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject.
With the hope of reaching just one person and making an impact in their life, Chris travels the United States sharing his story with professional athletic teams and leagues including the NBA, NFL and MLB, University and Colleges, High Schools and Community Groups. Since 2009 he has spoken to over 500,000 people nationwide and is thankful for each day that he can share his story to further a message of hope and that is it never to late to start a new chapter in your life.
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 5 minute DVD introducing Chris Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA which began to unravel by 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.
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