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Held at Auburn High School, the event will feature a lecture entitled “Rebound: The Chris Herren Story” and will be followed by an audience Q&A. A portion of the proceeds from the evening event will go to the Auburn Public Studio Educational Scholarship Fund.
About Chris Herren:
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.
Also sponsored by: The Senator John A. DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County Program