Former Boston Celtic and local high school basketball star Chris Herren will provide an anti-substance abuse presentation to members of the Milton community on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High.
The presentation will last approximately one hour and will include a question and answer session. Herren will also be presenting to Milton High School students on Friday, October 19 during the school day.
Herren, who played against Milton High School when he was a member of the Durfee High School Hilltoppers from Fall River, will detail his rise and fall as a basketball player and the struggles with substance abuse that derailed his career and nearly killed him.
His story is well known and was recently the subject of the Emmy winning ESPN documentary, Unguarded.
Prior to that, Herren was the subject of two books, Fall River Dreams and Basketball Junkie, both written by Bill Reynolds, a renowned author and sportswriter for the Providence Journal Bulletin.
Herren addresses audiences all over the country and has spoken at West Point, The University of Florida, The University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Salve Regina, Curry College and over 30 public schools.
The town-meeting style presentation is being sponsored by The Milton Board of Health, the Youth Counselor Emeritus, the Milton Public Schools and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The student presentation is sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education, The Milton High School Boosters and the Milton Public Schools.
Further information regarding Chris Herren and his presentation can be found at his website, HUhttp://www.ahoopdream.comUH. Parents, community leaders, and all interested residents are encouraged to attend.
-Town of Milton