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Sunday morning pick-up games will resume in the Spring of 2018. With so many small groups and individual workouts to accommodate, the Sunday morning pick-up games will start back up in the Spring of 2018.

All pick-up games will be held at the Pennfield School in Portsmouth, RI. The cost to play is $10 per player/ session of pick-up games which “tip off” at 10:00am and run until 11:30am. Join the Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren team for an informal Sunday morning set of hoop games! See you on the court!

Questions? Contact Jenny Swider at jenny@ahoopdream.com. Thank you!


Many times when Chris is asked to share his story and present to audiences which include middle and high school students, college students and athletes, professional teams and players, most enter the assembly thinking it is a “Drug Talk”. Although the message may include one man’s journey to sobriety from drugs and alcohol, it is more about the first day. It is about asking “Why do you need drugs and alcohol to change who you are?” It is about challenging yourself to dig deep, share your struggle, ask for help and know it is ok to change.

At a recent student assembly, Chris spoke to a high school of 486 students. What happened after the presentation demonstrates the need to bring impactful presentations on the topics of substance use and wellness into schools and communities to start a conversation and provide a safe place to express their emotions.

  • 12 students left the assembly to get help from counselors.
  • 5 students e-mailed Chris Herren and the student outreach team for assistance; 2 high risk.
  • 387 students wrote reflections.
  • 50 students shared that a family member or friend has a significant substance use problem.
  • 10 students shared that a family member or friend had died due to overdose/complications from substance use disorder.

Since the presentation, the school has adopted a campaign around Chris’s message of being a “Pro At You” and will share student reflections through the year in the hope of keeping the conversation going. #Making a Difference


Andrew Chrabascz started in the gym working with Chris and the Hoop Dreams training team in high school. Today he is in the starting line-up for the nationally ranked Butler Bulldogs and being considered as BIG EAST Player of the Year. The journey consisted of long hours in the gym, the drive to get better and the work ethic to never settle. From a state title at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, RI to Cushing Academy and winning the NEPSAC championship to accepting a full scholarship to Butler University and scoring 1,000 points during his college career, Andrew Chrabascz has accomplished his dreams on and off the court. We are so proud to have him as part of the Hoop Dreams family.

One Dream: Andrew Chrabascz


Interested in bringing Chris to your Community to share his story? Learn more about Chris Herren’s Speaking Events, watch him share his Message, experience the Impact and read the Testimonials. The most important “take away”? BE YOU. Be comfortable with who you are, know you are perfect just the way you are and that you do not need substances to change.

For more information on program information, speaker stipends and availability contact a member of our team.


TEDx Presentation UMass Amherst

The Chris Herren Story: Fresno State University

Buckeye Community Health Plan, Columbus, OH

NFL Rookies Symposium

Note To Self: CBS Morning News

Ole Miss, University, MS






In a moving and compelling interview on The Vertical Podcast with Woj, Chris Herren lays out horrific details of an addict’s life in and out of basketball, and how sobriety has turned him into one of America’s most compelling speakers on addiction.

2:00: How Chris’ drug addiction impacted his college career and the roots of his struggles.

4:43: The environment at Fresno State, which enabled his behavior.

7:37: His rookie season in Denver and the veterans who tried helping him

9:02: Would his issues have spiraled out of control if he hadn’t been with his hometownBoston Celtics?

11:25: Playing overseas and his addiction getting worse.

18:42: The end of his basketball career and returning to Fall River, Mass.

22:38: Overdosing, crashing his car, going to rehab and relapsing.

29:26: His wife’s role in keeping their children away during his struggles.

35:07: His profound impact on high school and college students from his speaking appearances.

41:20: Keeping the sincerity in his speech each time.

44:27: Breaking the ice at the NFL rookie symposium.

47:26: His no-nonsense approach during his speeches.

50:03: The Herren Project helping people afford rehab.

53:36: His son’s burgeoning basketball career and the pressure he will face.

58:41: How the people who saw him at his lowest view his recovery.

1:02:22: The pressure of trying to help as many people as he can.

Click here to download the podcast on iTunes, or listen here or on Yahoo Sports.


Chris Herren walked into the Save Mart Center for the first time, marveling at its size, but mentally traveling back to his Fresno State playing days at Selland Arena. He drifted off by himself and roamed around the court — silently — in a clockwise motion. For a moment, it appeared as if he forgot anyone was watching. He looked at some of the familiar names on the backs of the courtside seats. He spun and took a cell phone photo of the massive Bulldogs logo at midcourt. And then he smiled. READ MORE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW

Chris Herren returns to Fresno

“His message, having played here and with some of the experiences he’s had, we can talk a lot about it as coaches but to have a guy come in and reinforce that who had a chance to live it, you can’t put a price tag on the value of that.”

Rodney Terry
Fresno State Basketball Coach


Former hoops phenom, Chris Herren, opens up on the Jim Rome on SHOWTIME about his recovery from addiction that ruined his once-promising basketball career and how he rebuilt his dream to make a difference in the lives of others.


Herren Induction into NE Basketball Hall of Fame

Chris Herren to be Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Chris Herren was inducted into The New England Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013  on June 22nd at the Worcester DCU Center.

“For all the celebrities, sports and otherwise, Chris Herren has had the chance to meet and in some cases befriend, none would be a better fit for co-hall of fame induction than his brother Michael, arguably the most successful basketball player in Durfee history.
“I’m going in because of him,” Chris Herren said on Tuesday night from Philadelphia. “Michael and my dad (former Durfee star Al Herren) taught me the game. He is and always will be my big brother and I couldn’t be happier going in together.”
A standout from his very first varsity game at Durfee – freshman year at Weymouth where he took charge in the second half when all veterans had a cold hand – Chris Herren completed his amazing Hilltopper career with 2,073 points. He is the school’s only 2,000-point scorer.” – The Herald News, May 21, 2013
For additional information about the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the 2013 class, please visit: http://nebasketballhalloffame.com/class-of-2013-induction-ceremony/inductees/