Former professional NBA player for the Boston Celtics Chris Herren will be speaking at the Nazareth Area High School auditorium on May 12 to talks to kids and their families about drug abuse and its dangers. This will be a free event, and doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. as Herren will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Herren has an important message to tell people, and given that there has recently been a rise in substance abuse in the local region that he will be speaking in, it’s hopeful that he will make a big impact on the community overall.
The 6 foot 2 Fall River, Massachusetts native was a star basketball player during his high school years and decided to attend Boston College in 1994, by when he was already featured on several magazines for his talent. His problems began when he endured and injury and was later tested positive for marijuana and cocaine and was expelled from the university and the basketball team. He changed schools and went to Fresno State where some of his drug problems followed him, but was still selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft. After doing four years in the NBA he went to play for international teams until 2006. A near fatal car accident in 2011 is what caused him to wake up and change his lifestyle.
Herren will be speaking at the Nazareth Area High School later this month to discuss the dangers of substance abuse and share his own story of survival and separation from them. The event will not cost anything attend, so it’s bound to be a very informative and interesting speech for locals to witness.