Nipmuc welcomes former NBA player Chris Herren

Chris HerrenEarlier today Nipmuc was fortunate to welcome Chris Herren to the school to meet with  students about the dangers of substance abuse.

Herren is a Massachusetts native and a former professional basketball player who shares his life’s story and his struggles with addiction with the hopes of making a positive impact on others.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Nipmuc has been preparing for his visit. On January 14 Nipmuc Peer Leadership hosted “Project Purple”, a day sponsored by the Herren Foundation to support awareness about substance abuse while encouraging teens to make good choices and stand up to drugs and alcohol.

On the evening of the 14th our Peer Leaders held a showing of the movie Unguarded, which tells the story of Mr. Herren’s experiences as an NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author, and sobriety advocate.

Today, Mr. Herren held two presentations: one for 9th and 10th graders and another for 11th and 12th graders. In his discussion he shared his emotional journey with our students. His message was moving, emotional, and intense.

Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics.

After playing 70 games from 1999-2001, Chris’ NBA career was over after a season ending knee injury.

During his NBA career, Herren played 45 games for Denver Nuggets (averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.5 apg) and 25 games for Boston Celtics (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg).

In total, Herren appeared in 70 NBA games, averaging 3.2 ppg, 2.4 apg in 14.4 minutes per contest. After being released by the Celtics, Herren went on to play professionally for teams in Italy, Poland, Turkey, China, and Iran.

He has since refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else, along with a mission to help others.


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