Chris Herren, former NBA player and High School All-American, spoke at a community forum on Saturday, March 29th in the North End hosted by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The Nazzaro Center gymnasium was filled with many youths and residents of all ages to listen to Herren’s story of drug addiction and recovery. The event was also sponsored by North End Against Drugs.
Chris Herren played for the Boston Celtics in the NBA before losing it all to addiction and has now embarked on a mission of helping youths on and off the court by sharing the battles of his addiction.
After an introduction by Mayor Walsh, the large group was mesmerized by Herren and his story. He answered questions about the many aspects of recovery and also spent some time signing his book, Basketball Junkie: A Memoir while posing for photos. Herren actively speaks to educate youths on how to handle pressure within a teen’s life. The Herren Project also raises money to provide recovery resources to those in need. His most recent effort is to lead a group running this year’s Boston Marathon. In addition to Herren, runners include the North End’s own Stephen Passacantilli. (Sponsor the team here.)