On Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m., the PATH Foundation is hosting a free community forum featuring former NBA player Chris Herren, discussing his recovery after years of addiction. Organized with parents, grandparents and guardians in mind, the event will also offer information and local resources for families. The forum will be held in the Highland School Rice Theater, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required for this event.

Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, 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 to due to substance abuse.

Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Over the past two academic years, Chris has spoken to high school and middle school students across Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpeper counties. This free, community-wide event gives families the chance to hear his perspective on issues facing kids today, with thoughts on helping teens avoid the potentially devastating consequences of substance use issues.

Christy Connolly, PATH Foundation president and CEO, said “This information is so important for families to hear, especially as we all too often learn of another family affected by addiction. When both the students and their families have the chance to hear Chris’s message, it can lead to important conversations at home.”

Sallie Morgan, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, says, “We continue to see too many instances where teens are unprepared to handle the variety of pressures facing them today. Events like this are so important to help parents know ways to effectively talk to their children to help them avoid the dangers of drug and alcohol use.”

The Highland School Rice Theater is located at 597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA, 20186. For more information on this community forum, please call 540.680.4100.