January 17 2017

Former Celtics Player to Speak About Addiction at BHS

By: Robert Parris

The community of Burlington and the students at the high school are in for an informative evening with a former athlete.

 

On Wednesday February 1,BHS is inviting students and families to hear the story of Speaker Chris Herren. Herren is a basketball star whose story of recovery from addiction spurred the creation of two organizations and now inspires high school students to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

 

Herren was a rising basketball star from Fall River who briefly attended Boston College before his drug addiction caused him to be expelled from the team and university. Further failed drug tests and a drug-related arrest dashed his hopes of playing professionally for the NBA.

 

Following a near-death overdose from heroin, Herren has since beaten addiction and has been sober since 2008.

 

Herren founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing treatment navigation and educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction. The organization also works to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse with the motto “one person, one family at a time.”

 

Burlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Conti said he welcomes the presentation and said addiction is an important subject for people of all ages.

 

"Students of this age are at a critical turning point in their lives," he said. "I am pleased to bring in Chris to BHS to connect with our students and share a personal, real-world example of how addiction can affect a life."

 

Herren will speak to juniors and seniors that day during school; he will also speak to the parents of BHS students at 7 p.m. in the High school.

 
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