Former NBA Player Chris Herren Speaks at USD on Overcoming Addiction

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VERMILLION, S.D. — Chris Herren, whose lifelong dream of playing professional basketball for his hometown Boston Celtics was cut short because of substance abuse, will share his story of recovery next week at the University of South Dakota.

The Coalition of Addiction Students and Professionals (CASPPA) is sponsoring “Rebound: The Chris Herren Story,” 6-9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2, at Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Herren was an All-American from Fall River, Massachusetts, who was recruited by top colleges and the focus of the book Fall River Dreams. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and traded to the Celtics after his rookie season. Herron, who has been free of alcohol and drugs since 2008, founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. He shares his story in his memoir Basketball Junkie and in the ESPN Films documentary Unguarded.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News