Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country.
Herren, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics a year later, has made it his mission to educate youths on the dangers of substance abuse.
On Tuesday, he will do so in Westfield.
“Chris Herren’s presentation is relevant in every community,” said Westfield Municipal Alliance Coordinator Louise DeDea on Monday. “Drug and alcohol use has no boundaries, sees no color and does not discriminate.”
Herren founded the nonprofit Herren Project in 2011 to focus on substance abuse prevention education.
Locally, the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation is helping to support Tuesday’s presentation, “Rebound: An Evening with NBA Star and Youth Advocate Chris Herren.”
Founded by Westfield’s Michele Eskow, whose brother struggled with addiction and died at age 33 in 2010, the foundation educates young adults about choices that lead to healthy lifestyles.
The municipal alliances of Westfield, Cranford and Clark, among others, are also helping to fund Herren's presentation, which is being held in coordination with the Westfield High School Dream Team, a club that encourages students to make healthy decisions.
NBA star Chris Herren will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Westfield High School auditorium, 550 Dorian Road, on the topic of his struggles with substance abuse.