Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak in Red Lion

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Former NBA player Chris Herren is coming to Red Lion on Tuesday to speak about drug addiction.

Chris Herren

Herren will speak at Red Lion Area Senior High School’s Fitzkee Athletic Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, according to the school district website.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free.

Herren, an All American in high school, broke scoring records and drew interest from several top colleges during his formative years. He began his college career at Boston College but was kicked out of school after failing drug tests. He went on to play for Fresno State before he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999.

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Herren was traded to his hometown basketball team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000, “but lost it all due to substance abuse,” according to a release on the district website.

After a long road to sobriety, Herren has been drug- and alcohol-free since August 2008 and now tells his story about drug use.

“With ... the opioid and heroin crisis happening in our own backyard, it made perfect sense to invite Chris to speak at Red Lion,” district spokesman Don Dimoff said.

The district is working to reschedule a town hall event centered around school safety and the opioid crisis with District Attorney Dave Sunday, Dimoff said. The initial event was scheduled for March 22 but was canceled because of inclement weather.

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Tuesday's event is first-come, first-served, and attendants are encouraged to get advance tickets at the main offices of Red Lion Area’s senior and junior high schools, as well as the district’s administrative education center.

More information is available on the district website at