Former NBA player Chris Herren visited Appleton East High School on October 8 to talk to students and their families about his turbulent life and how he had to overcome everything to become a better person. His emotional speech was empowering and showed the human side to being a sports celebrity that sometimes people even forget exist. Herren talked to the kids about how he was introduced to the drug culture and how it quickly made his life spin out of control in a downward fashion, and the process along with the obstacles it took to dig himself out of that trouble. It is far too convenient and easy to get sucked into using drugs, and hopefully the students took that information to heart and use it wisely as they guide themselves in their futures.
The 6 foot 2 Fall River, Massachusetts native was a star basketball player during his high school years and decided to attend Boston College in 1994, by when he was already featured on several magazines for his talent. His problems began when he endured and injury and was later tested positive for marijuana and cocaine and was expelled from the university and the basketball team. He changed schools and went to Fresno State where some of his drug problems followed him, but was still selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft. After doing four years in the NBA he went to play for international teams until 2006. A near fatal car accident in 2011 is what caused him to wake up and change his lifestyle.
Herren spoke to the students at Appleton East High School earlier this month to encourage them to stay away from drugs and to stayed motivated in more positive ways.
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