Former Hoops Star to Bring His Tale of Addiction
and Redemption to St. Rose High School in Belmar
Chris Herren’s message of hope and perserverence in a triumphant battle with the scourge of drug addiction has captured the imagination of young people across the country. Once one of the most highly touted Division 1 basketball prospects ever to emerge from the Northeast, Herren had it all, including a roster spot with the hometown heroes of his youth, the Boston Celtics. The story of how Herren lost it all to cocaine, oxycodone, and heroin addictions, then clawed his way back from the brink of death to fashion a new life as an exemplar of courage and generosity is featured in Herren’s stirring memoir (written with journalist Bill Reynolds) Basketball Junkie and in the ESPN primetime documentary Unguarded.
Now Chris Herren will bring his inspiring story to St. Rose High School in Belmar on March 1st, in a presentation to students and the public, and on March 2nd in an assembly for students only. Herren’s uplifting story is especially timely at a perilous juncture in which prescription drug use is surging among America’s teens, destroying countless young lives. The former basketball prodigy’s heartbreaking evocation of a terrifying descent from the high life of the NBA to destitution on the streets of his hometown—and the hard-won lessons learned on his long way back to a normal life—has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from young people wherever Herren has appeared.
Admission is free and open to the public, so family and students from other schools in the area are greatly encouraged to attend. Herren’s presentation is sponsored by Monmouth County-based sports supplement superstore ProSource.net and is scheduled for 7pm at St. Rose High School, 607 Seventh Ave in Belmar, on Thursday, March 1st.