Collaborative Children’s Solutions To Host Former NBA Basketball Player

JAMESTOWN – Collaborative Children’s Solutions and Jamestown Public Schools will host an anti-addiction presentation by a former NBA basketball player at the Jamestown High School Auditorium on January 6.

Chris Herren, the star of ESPN’s 30 for 30: Unguarded documentary, will be coming to Jamestown to host a free community discussion entitled “The First Day”, which documents his battle with addiction.

An extraordinary basketball player, Chris Herren was a celebrated star in his hometown of Fall River, MA before even graduating high school. He went on to play NCAA Basketball at Boston College and later, Fresno State. Herren spent two seasons in the NBA, one of which included the Boston Celtics, and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to addiction.

With the unwavering support of his family and friends, Chris has been sober since August 1, 2008, and now shares his story with the goal of making a positive difference in the lives of others.

His recovery journey has also been documented in the best-selling memoir, “Basketball Junkie” and in countless local, national, and international stories by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Sports Illustrated. Through his speeches, Herren has spoken to over a million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance abuse and wellness.

In 2011, Herren grew his vision of support for others when he founded the nonprofit Herren Project. Through the organization, Chris and his team empower schools and communities to make healthier choices, while also guiding families through addiction recovery.

In 2018, Herren founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance- free lifestyles.

The presentation is free to attend and will start at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. However, registration is required. To register, go to


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