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Chris Herren is a great motivational speaker who delivers a message of hope and inspiration to students across the country. A recent ESPN documentary Unguarded detailed Herren’s troubled past.
Chris played at Durfee High School under legendary coach Skip Karam. His junior and senior seasons were chronicled is the book Fall River Dreams by Bill Reynolds.
He later played at Boston College and Fresno State before playing in the NBA. Chris recounts his spiral downward with drugs and addiction, pointing back to his first line of cocaine in a BC dorm room at the age of 18.
Chris has been sober since August of 2009 and is now sharing his story in the hopes that others do not follow his same path. Herren’s message connects with students on so many levels. He shares stories of other students fighting and overcoming their own demons.
He also told of a student group that is standing up to drug use, sharing his commitment to the Go Project Purple. This is an organization that encourages students to stand up to substance abuse. This article explain how Herren has created awareness in Boston about this great cause. (The NBA will be supporting this cause during the 2012-2013 season.)
In his closing, he shared some great thoughts an ideas.
“You are perfect just the way you are.”
“Decisions you make at your age (high school) will stay with your your entire life.”
“Marijuana is definitely a gateway drug. If marijuana were to be legalized, it would be chaos.”
It was one of the most moving presentations I have seen delivered to a high school audience. He really delivers a message that too many of our students fail to hear.
Chris Herren has 3 websites that you could visit to learn more about him and his current offerings:

“Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren Inc.” was launched in 2009 with the goal of providing customized, superior basketball training to male and female athletes of every ability level. Specializing in all areas of basketball skill development, Chris works with each player to maximize their ability, breaking down the game of basketball to achieve the optimal level of play and conditioning.”

Basketball Junkie: A Memoir by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
Fall River Dreams meets The Basketball Diaries in this gripping, provocative account of one athlete’s journey from high school glory to hell and back.”

The Herren Project” is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to families affected by addiction. If you or a loved one are in need of help for an addiction, please take the first step and contact one of the numbers listed below. If you need immediate medical attention please contact your doctor or call 911.”!/HerrenProject/
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