Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate
Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate
An extraordinary basketball player, Chris Herren was a celebrated star in his native Fall River, MA before graduating high school. He went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State, two seasons in the NBA – including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics – and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction.
TEDTalk: The Game Has Changed
Chris Herren Highlighted on CNN
Fighting Drug Addiction
FSU Football Learning Life Lessons
Chris Herren Buckete Story
Chris Herren Guest Speaker
Chris Herren Speaks on UT Campus
Chris Herren Delivers Powerful Message to Ravenscroft
Chris Herren Substance Abuse Package (LDTV Award Winner)
Chris Herren on Faith
Chris Herren: The First Day
Designed for school presentations, this 75-minute assembly will start with a film presentation highlighting Herren’s basketball career and journey to sobriety. Upon conclusion of the film, Chris will take the microphone and share experiences that have impacted his life as a teenager, athlete and speaker, empowering the audience to rethink how we look at the disease of addiction, from the last day to the first. He will touch on such topics as drinking, smoking marijuana and vaping, pill use, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. To conclude the event, he will field questions from the audience.
Prevention Starts With All: The Chris Herren Story
In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a 5-minute film introducing Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. To conclude the event Chris will field questions from the audience.
Chris Herren: The Game Has Changed
In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a 5-minute film introducing Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA which began to unravel by making a few bad decisions. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of resiliency and real-life examples that it is never too late to reach for your dreams. Dreams require hard work, repetition, follow through, being ready to rebound in the event you falter and preparing your game plan for the win. To conclude the event Chris will field questions from the audience.
"Chris was an amazing! A lot of great feedback and chatter on social last night and this morning. You could have heard a pin drop in that gym when he was speaking. Super friendly, great guy. We are lucky to have had him come share his message."
"It was by far, in my 18 years, the strongest, most powerful presentation I have ever heard. Chris was an inspiration to many."
"Words cannot express how good Chris Herren was! He was amazing. He was so kind to every student that wanted to talk to him. The parents, teachers, and students that attended are still buzzing about it. My hope and prayer is that a life or two was forever changed. Thank you for everything!"
"I have been in education for fourteen years now. Subsequently, I have witnessed approximately 60 assemblies and guest speakers’ presentations. Chris’s story and presence is by far the most moving and genuine."
"It was one of the best presentations I have EVER been to. The video was inspiring, the music was wonderful, and Chris Herren was amazing. Great, great job! I enjoyed every single minute there. Congratulations! I know your feedback on this must have been nothing but rave reviews."
"Chris Herren was an amazing speaker. The students and faculty were buzzing about him all week and still are. The feedback has been "best speaker we've had” and similarly high praises. In the week after, there were many conversations about drugs and alcohol and a few kids who came into counseling asking for help. We are so pleased with him, his approach, and his ability to reach the kids."
"It was simply amazing. Chris shared his story and the entire arena was blown away. We have had so many calls and emails commenting on the impact Chris' presentation has had on their kids. It was eye opening and riveting. I believe lives were truly changed on Saturday."
"Chris made a huge impact with his presentation. He talked to a packed auditorium with parents and kids and had their attention the entire time. He is an exceptional speaker and his information is on target with youth and their parents. While he is a celebrity, his demeanor is one of humility and openness about his sobriety in life. I would recommend him to anyone."
“We very much enjoyed having Chris at Conestoga and will definitely invite him back in a few years - his message is important and very effective and our students love him. Overall - he was very impactful.”