Andover, MA, May 10, 2019: The Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) has announced that former Boston Celtic player, author, inspirational speaker and wellness advocate, Chris Herren, will address the graduating class of 2019. The event will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 5:00pm in The Collins Center, located at 100 Shawsheen Road in Andover.
Herren, a standout from Durfee High School in Fall River, MA, played for Boston College and Fresno State before missing part of Freno’s 97-98 season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000. After suffering a season-ending injury, he went on to play internationally until retiring from the game in 2006. Sober since 2008, his recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, Basketball Junkie, and the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded.
“Chris Herren’s story is one of extraordinary highs and lows,” says MSLAW Dean Michael
Coyne. “His perseverance and subsequent transformation are inspiring. We’re honored to have
him address our graduating class.”
Since 2009 Herren has spoken to millions of students and community members about substance use disorder and wellness through his organization “Herren Talks.” In 2011, Chris 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 healthy choices, while also guiding families through recovery. In 2018, Chris also founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives.
“Substance use disorder impacts many families and individuals in our communities, and I am honored to share my experience, strength and hope with the graduating class of 2019,” said Chris Herren.
Dean Coyne will present MSLAW’s highest honor, the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, to Mr. Herren as part of the ceremony.
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