Former Celtics Play to Speak At MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - A former player for the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets and the head of "Hoop Dreams" will speak at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the College's Campus Center gymnasium.

Chris Herren, a graduate of Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass., struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. He will talk about he overcame his addiction and achieved his dreams.

 The event is free and open to the public.

According to MCLA women's basketball coach Holly McGovern, "Chris is a very powerful educational speaker, and this will be an important opportunity for students to understand the effects of drug use."

Drug-free and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008, Herren refocused his life to put his sobriety and family first. He frequently speaks to a variety of groups to share his experiences along the road to sobriety.

Herren launched his basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams, in 2009 with the goal of providing customized, superior basketball training to male and female athletes of every ability level.

Herren, a graduate of California State University-Fresno, was a 1999 NBA Draft second round pick. He played for the Denver Nuggets from 1999 to 2000 and the Boston Celtics from 2000 to 2001, before playing basketball in both Turkey and China. He was inducted into the Durfree Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, scored 2,073 career points, was the 1994 McDonald's All American and the Gatorade New England Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994, and was the Boston Globe's Massachusetts Player of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

This event is sponsored by MCLA Athletics, CHOICES, Williams College, MCLA's Academic Affairs, the sociology and psychology departments at MCLA, and the NCAA.

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