Thursday, February 13, 2014

Partnership in Prevention : Chris Herren visits Naperville Feb 18

Chris Herren Visits Naperville February 18, 2014 at 7 pm
Naperville North High School
Field House

District 203 and 204 community is invited to attend.

Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, will present to parents and the community at Naperville North High School on the evening of February 18 (Field House). Mr. Herren shares his story of drug abuse that ended his professional basketball career. His hope is to reach individual students to make a positive difference in the direction of their life. His message will powerfully reinforce the message middle and high school students that drug use is a severe danger in their lives and does not discriminate in any way in the destructiveness of its impact.

Mr. Herren’s presentations at NNHS have been arranged by the staff Healthy Huskies committee and the student Rise Above organization. It is financially and morally supported by partnerships with the Naperville Police Department, the NNHS Huskie Boosters’ Club, NNHS Home & School, the SFCP, Rosecrance, Linden Oaks, Alexian Brothers, Cadence, 360 Youth Services, Shield Genie, several private donors, and many NNHS student organizations including Key Club, Student Government, National Honor Society, the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, National Art Honor Society, Speech Team, Theater Club, DECA, Art Club, Youth and Government, Environmental Club, Council for Exceptional Children, Junior State of America, First Class, Dawg Pound, the Steppers, Northern Lights Flags, the Dance Team, Orchesis, Spanish Club, the Field Hockey Team, Lacrosse Teams, Soccer Teams, Boys Basketball, Boys Football, Tennis Teams, Girls Softball, Boys Wrestling.

Parents and community members are invited to attend Mr. Herren’s powerful presentation. This event will serve as an important catalyst in mobilizing our community to fight drug use.

Chris starred at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts and played college basketball for Boston College and Fresno State. An NBA second round draft pick, Chris played for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics, as well as for several teams in Europe and Asia.

Herren’s 2011 memoir Basketball Junkie tells the story of his addiction and its impact on and off the basketball court. He is also the subject of an Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded (2013).

Chris struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. He has been alcohol and drug free since August 1, 2008 and has focused his life on sobriety, family, and making a difference in the lives of youth.

In recent years, Mr. Herren has presented at Benedictine University and several other Chicagoland high schools. His message will powerfully reinforce our message to students that drug use is a severe danger in their lives and does not discriminate in any way in the destructiveness of its impact.