The Barnstable Youth Commission has been working hard on preparations for the 3rd Annual Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum and 7th Grade Youth Summit which will be held on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th.
Sponsors of this year’s events are the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Trust Fund Committee and First Student Inc.
This year’s featured speaker is Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who dreamed of one day playing for his hometown team, the Boston Celtics. An All-American, Chris broke scoring records, was recruited by top colleges, featured in Sports Illustrated and became the focus of an acclaimed book, Fall River Dreams. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all due to substance abuse.
Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. Please join us for an inspiring presentation featuring former NBA professional basketball player, Chris Herren. A tale of descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery and his new life mission: to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life. The Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 5:30 PM at the Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable. Thanks to the generosity of the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Foundation, the event is open to public and free of charge.