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2/28/2019 - Chris Herren Is Coming to CHS for Community Event

“Stand up to Substance Abuse with Chris Herren”

Community Forum

March 19, 7:00 pm at Canton High School

We are excited to announce that Canton will be hosting Chris Herren on the evening of Tuesday, March 19th at Canton High School. As part of a tri-town initiative including Lewis S. Mills High School  and Northwestern Regional School District 7, this presentation will be open to any and ALL community members at no cost, and will begin at 7 pm. During this presentation, Chris will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Additionally, he will relate his story to the audience addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self-harm. Chris will focus on empowering students to be who they are without using substances.


Herren, played for Boston College and the Boston Celtics before drug addiction derailed his career and personal life.  Drug-free and alcohol-free since Aug. 1, 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put sobriety and family above all else.  


On Wednesday, March 20th, during our school-wide assembly, Chris will present to our students his story and struggles with substance abuse focusing on resilience, hope, improved decision making and supporting others.

We encourage all students, parents and community members that are attending either program to “Stand up to Substance Abuse” by wearing purple.  Project Purple is an initiative that Chris started after being inspired by a group of students in an audience at one of his presentations. Chris decided to capture the courage of these students who were wearing purple shirts as a symbol of solidarity in a pledge to one another not to use drugs and alcohol. Chris was inspired to begin Project Purple as a way to make a difference in adolescents and to honor the courage it takes to stand up to substance abuse.

We would like to thank Dr. Matthew Keefe of Canton Valley Dental and his Wide Open Foundation for funding Chris Herren’s return to Canton High School to speak to our students as well as the evening community program at Canton High School. Mr. Herren's presentation is a must see. He does a fantastic job connecting with his audience and bringing his message of how to live an empowered life to a level that resonates with everyone who hears him. To learn more about Chris's Project Purple Program and his upcoming presentation please click on this link.