INDIANAPOLIS - Former NBA player, Chris Herren will be the keynote speaker at the eleventh annual Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner raises awareness in the community about alcohol and drug addiction while honoring individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions related to research, education or treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
Herren’s basketball dreams began when he was in high school. A member of the Durfee High School team chronicled in Bill Reynolds’ book Fall River Dreams, Herren excelled on the basketball court, becoming one of the top Division 1 prospects in the country. His high school highlights include 2,073 career points, Gatorade New England Player of the Year 1993-1994, Boston Globe Massachusetts Player of the Year 1992-1994 and being a member of the 1994 McDonald’s All American team.
His basketball success concealed a darker side, addiction—first alcohol, then cocaine and finally heroin. Herren’s chaotic and often uncertain college career was plagued by drugs and rehab. In 1999 he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets. After a year with the Nuggets, Herren was traded to the Boston Celtics where he suffered a season-ending injury.
In June of 2009, he launched a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since the summer of 2009, Herren has trained over 200 basketball players including some of the top prospects in New England. Herren was recently featured in an ESPN Films documentary, “Unguarded.” He has refocused his life and dreams to put his sobriety and family above all else. Off the court, Herren continues to share his story of addiction and recovery with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life.