Friday, October 5, 2012

Former Boston Celtic, Chris Herren, to Speak at MHS

Former Boston Celtic and local high school basketball star Chris Herren will provide two anti-substance abuse presentations to Milton High School students and members of the community on October 18th and 19th. The community presentation will take place at a town-meeting style event on Thursday, October 18th at 7 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium and the student presentation will take place Friday, October 19th at 9am in the Copeland Field House. The presentations will last approximately one hour and will include a Question and Answer session.

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 student presentation is sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education, The Milton High School Boosters, and the Milton Public Schools.

The town-meeting style presentation is being sponsored by The Milton Board of Health, the Youth Counselor Emeritus, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Further information regarding Chris Herren and his presentations can be found at his website, http://www.ahoopdream.com