February 01, 2012
Hampden-Sydney College will host Chris Herren, motivational speaker and subject of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary, "Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren," on Thursday, February 16. A college and professional basketball superstar, Herren will discuss his personal battles with addiction and drug abuse in his talk, "Basketball Junkie: A Conversation with Chris Herren."
Herren's basketball dreams began as a 6'2" guard at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. A member of the Durfee High School team chronicled in Bill Reynold's book, Fall River Dreams, Herren excelled on the basketball court becoming one of the top Division 1 prospects in the country.
Attending Boston College his freshman year, he later transferred to California State University, Fresno, to play for legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian. In 1999 he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the NBA Draft as the 33rd pick overall. After a year with the Nuggets, Chris was traded to the Boston Celtics where he suffered a season ending injury.
In June of 2009, Chris launched a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc. Since that summer Herren has trained over 200 basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.
Herren's basketball success and his life story concealed a darker side of alcohol and drug abuse. Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life.
Sponsored by Hampden-Sydney's No More Campaign led by Student Government, the event begins at 8 PM in Snyder Hall in Kirk Athletic Center and is free and open to the community.