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Former NBA player Chris Herren coming to Geneva on April 20

Former NBA player Chris Herren will be in Geneva on April 20 to speak to students and community members about his struggles with addiction.


Herren, an extraordinary basketball player, spent two seasons in the NBA — including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics — and seven seasons overseas before losing it all to the disease of addiction.

With the unwavering support of his family and friends, Herren has been sober since August 1, 2008. He will share his story with Geneva High School students at 1 p.m. on April 20 and again with students, families, and community members at a public presentation at 7 p.m. the same day in the high school auditorium.

Herren’s recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, “Basketball Junkie,” the Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, “Unguarded” and in countless local, national, and international stories by “The New York Times,” “The Boston Globe,” and “Sports Illustrated,” among others. Herren has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, sparking honest discussions about substance use disorder and wellness.