On Tuesday, April 29, Toothman Ford will present Chris Herren, former Boston Celtic stand-out and subject of ESPN’s 30 for 30: “Unguarded” documentary, as he openly shares his raw, real-life struggles with addiction in a monumental attempt to prevent our youth from experimenting with alcohol, illegal substances and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
Chris Herren’s story is one of illustrious fame, enormous pressure, painful addiction, unwavering love and ultimate loss. It is an honest, emotional account of a tremendous athlete plagued by a decade-long nightmare brought on by a lingering, debilitating drug addiction. Now, six years sober, Herren returns to Grafton, West Virginia, to discuss how he went from being an NBA star, destined for greatness, to a drug-addicted alcoholic, barely clinging to life.
"The Chris Herren story is heartbreaking, inspirational and absolutely imperative for our kids to hear,” remarked JR Toothman. “I've been fortunate to get to know Chris not only as an associate but as a friend, and I'm continually amazed about his journey and how by facing his demons he has helped so many avoid their own. This is not just a “say no” campaign, this is real-world, in your face, shocking truth, and if you or someone you care about could benefit, please come listen to Chris Herren speak."
Chris brings a critical message to our youth and at-risk teens. He will candidly exhibit his personal struggles in order to express the importance of a healthy lifestyle and good decision making while providing real-world techniques on how to handle pressure in the community and family. The event is absolutely free of charge and acceptable for families-please join us for this unforgettable event, Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Grafton Social Center.