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Chris Herren

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate


Former NBA player Chris Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He attends meetings daily to support his substance-free lifestyle and often speaks before groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety.

In June of 2009, Herren celebrated one year of sobriety and took the next step in his career to launch a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since the summer of 2009, he has trained hundreds of basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.

Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. In May of 2011, his memoir Basketball Junkie, written with Bill Reynolds, was released, followed by the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded, directed by Jonathan Hock.

Herren is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction, and to educating people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012, The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.

To overcome his addiction, Herren said, “I started praying and something finally clicked inside me. I finished treatment and I’ve been sober ever since by the grace of God.” In his inspiring and life-changing presentations, Herren connects with audiences, teaching them that it is never too late to battle back from adversity and make your dreams become a reality.


High School

  • Inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame 2013
  • Inducted into the Durfee Sports Hall of Fame 2010
  • Scored 2,073 Career Points
  • 1994 McDonald’s All American
  • Boston Globe, Massachusetts Player of the Year 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Gatorade New England Player of the Year 1993, 1994

College – Fresno State University

  • Ranked fifth in the nation in assists in 1998-99
  • 2nd on the school’s career assists (465)
  • 7th with 138 career steals
  • All-WAC first team 1996 & 1997


  • Denver Nuggets: Played in 45 games and contributed 3.1 points and 2.5 assists in 13.3 minutes per game
  • Boston Celtics: Career-high 18 points Celtics against the Dallas Mavericks on 4/6/00


Unguarded: A Conversation with Chris Herren

This program format has been designed for school assemblies and community groups, with the focus of relating Chris’s story to school-aged audiences nationwide. Following a DVD highlighting Chris’s basketball career and journey to sobriety, Chris will touch on such topics as drunk driving, gateway drugs, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. Additionally Chris will share statistics of drug and alcohol use amongst teens nationwide. To conclude the event, Chris will field questions from the audience.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his story in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a five-minute DVD introducing Chris Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and his dream to play in the NBA, which began to unravel as a result of 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 abuse, drinking and driving as well as self-harm. To conclude the event, Chris will field questions from the audience.

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