Malvern Prep Welcomes Chris Herren as part of Distinguished Speaker Series
On October 25, Malvern Prep once again welcomed Chris Herren, former NBA player and author of Basketball Junkie, to campus as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series.
Herren shared the harrowing story of his descent into addiction and his miraculous recovery with students during the day and members of the larger Malvern community that evening.
During the presentation, Herren urged students to focus on the “first” day and not the “worst” day of addiction. “We put too much focus on how ugly addiction is in the end instead of figuring out why it’s beginning,” he said. Herren also shared that 7 of his 15 high school basketball teammates became heroin addicts, their addiction starting in high school, drinking beer in the woods and in basements.
"We feel a shared responsibility with Chris to tell this story and raise awareness that the addiction process begins with the first exposure to an illegal substance. This timely discussion was an important one for our community," said Fr. Reilly.
Malvern Preparatory School is an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in the Greater Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa. We are committed to the Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas, meaning Truth, Unity, and Love.