March 7, 2017 - On March 2, 2017, Sidney High School welcomed Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Herren broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book Fall River Dreams. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.
Alcohol and drug free since August 1, 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject.
Herren shared his story with students from Sidney High School, Lehman Catholic High School, Fairlawn High School, and Jackson Center High School in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life.
He spoke to students more about the reason people use for the first time and encouraged much self reflections about the choices they make now, asking if those choices would make their parents proud or be an example of choices they would like their younger siblings to make.
A free community event was held at Fort Loramie High School on March 1, and was sponsored by: Wilson Health, Shelby County United Way, City of Sidney Police Department, Orthopedic Associates of SW Ohio, P.T. Services Rehabilitation, Inc., Realty 2000 Group, and Shelby County Family and Children First Council/Help Me Grow.
Herren encourages students to reach out to him anytime via his email - THP@theherrenproject.org.