Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak on substance abuse

by Sam Royer ’15

This Wednesday, January 28, former NBA player Chris Herren will speak in an all school assembly to give students insights on substance abuse from his personal experiences.

Herren, who played for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, battled substance abuse for many years, ending up in rehab on several occasions. “As Mr. Bradesca has said, to make this more about than just cutting hair, we are having Chris come to speak to the students about making good choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol,” said Mr. Healey ’77, the coordinator Herren’s visit.

Alcohol and drug free since August 2008, Herren has been traveling around the country to speak about the dangers of addiction to a variety of audiences, ranging from schools, rehab centers, military bases, to professional athletes. “He uses his personal experiences as well as the experiences of others to make his points about how we should approach issues relating to drugs and alcohol,” Healey said.

Herren will speak to the Ignatius community at the end of the day, and to a general audience at 7pm in the Breen Center.