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Former Basketball Star to Share His Harrowing Story at RCC

DATE: September 20, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher
845-574-4549
pmencher@sunyrockland.edu

Former Basketball Star to Share His Harrowing Story at RCC
special event is free and open to the public

 

RAMAPO – A former NBA player who lost his career—and nearly his life—to drug addiction will share his story on October 4 at Rockland Community College. The public is invited to hear Chris Herren’s remarkable tale of addiction and recovery at this special free event.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story
Wednesday, October 4
7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30)
RCC Cultural Arts Theater
145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901
RSVP requested: lifehaps@sunyrockland.edu

Herren was a legendary high school player in Massachusetts who reached the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999. A year later, Herren’s boyhood fantasies came true when he was traded to the Boston Celtics. But Herren’s dream would quickly turn into a nightmare. He lasted only one year with the Celtics, while starting to abuse prescription painkillers. By 2004, Herren was arrested for heroin possession. A few years after that, high on crystal meth, Herren crashed his car into a utility pole and nearly died.

Drug-free since August 1, 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He also travels the country to deliver his message to young people. Join us for his inspiring tale of descent into addiction, miraculous recovery and his new life mission.

This special event is sponsored by RCC’s Connection Center. Created in 2016, the Connection Center helps RCC students pressed by non-academic problems, such as family, health or financial issues. By connecting students and their families with community resources, the Center helps students cope when “life happens” and allows them to stay on track towards a degree. For more information, visit www.sunyrockland.edu/go/connectioncenter.