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The Partnership at Drugfree.org Collaborates With Former Professional Basketball Player, Father, Motivational Speaker Chris Herren

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~Herren to Host Live FACEBOOK Chat on Substance Abuse Recovery ~

New York, NY, April 11, 2012 – the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit helping parents solve the problem of teen drug and alcohol abuse, is partnering with former professional basketball player, father and motivational speaker Chris Herren. He will be the featured guest on the next “Meet The Parents Hour,” a popular, live Facebook chat and Q&A session taking place on Monday, April 16 at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST.

Herren struggled with drug addiction for much of his basketball career and ultimately realized his dreams by playing for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA), only to lose it all to substance abuse. Rising again with a new dream, Herren has been drug- and alcohol-free since 2008, and his sobriety and family are his top priorities. Herren travels the country speaking to groups of young people, sharing his life experiences and road to recovery, while offering encouragement to others who may be struggling with a loved one’s addiction.

“In the past year I’ve been privileged to speak in front of thousands of teenagers who have related to my story and opened up about the substance abuse issues they struggle with,” said Herren. “I look forward to connecting with parents and caregivers through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, so we can all work together to assist those in need take the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety.”

Visitors to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’s Facebook wall will have the unique opportunity to chat live with Herren and hear from others touched by drug and alcohol abuse. Herren will be taking questions and answering them in real time during the virtual event.

Joining the LIVE discussion is easy. It will take place within the comment thread under Herren’s photo on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’s Facebook wall. (Please make sure to REFRESH YOUR BROWSER THROUGHOUT THE CHAT to view all the latest comments and questions.)

“We are honored that Chris has chosen to help us reach parents and families directly with his inspirational, personal story of recovery and triumph,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Chris is not only a former basketball star with fans over the world, but he is also a loving father whose story lets others know that help is available and recovery is possible.”

Herren launched his own basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, and has trained more than 200 basketball players since 2009, including top basketball prospects in New England.

In 2011, he founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Project Purple is a new initiative launching later this month to help break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices.

For more information on Herren, please visit theherrenproject.org. To learn more about the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, please visit drugfree.org.

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