Chris Herren, Star of ESPN's Unguarded, to Speak at Severn School 4/18
STAR OF ESPN’S UNGUARDED CHRIS HERREN will be the special guest speaker at Severn School on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm in Severn School’s Edward St. John Athletic Center, 100 Holly Avenue, Severna Park, 21146. This program is free and open to the public. Online registration is required as seating is limited.
TOPIC: Basketball Junkie: A Conversation with Chris Herren
Star of ESPN's documentary, Unguarded, Chris Herren was one of the greatest high school athletes to come out of southern New England, bringing him to the attention of national recruiters and Sports Illustrated. Overwhelmed by expectations, Herren avoided school and abused drugs and alcohol. Although Herren managed to make it to the NBA, his life continued to spin out of control. Herren offers explanations for his downfall but doesn't make excuses. Neither does he glorify the partying and excess that made his life a blur. What he does achieve is something more valuable: giving a stark portrayal of the surreal existence led by young sports stars. In the end, this is a sobering, cautionary tale.
Chris has been drug and alcohol-free since 2008. In 2009, he launched a basketball player development company, Hoop Dreams, through which he has trained over 200 players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England. Off the court he continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life.
The David Astle Memorial Endowment funds an annual lecture series through which knowledgeable and/or inspirational speakers are invited to share their expertise, experiences, and messages with the community.
Maryland State Senator John Astle and his wife Jayne established an endowment fund in 1998 after the tragic accidental death of their son David Sheridan Astle. A 1992 Severn School alumnus, David was an active member of the school community during his seven years as a student, and a well liked member of the alumni body. He told his mother shortly before his death that he felt he had developed life-long friends while at Severn School. He realized Severn taught him more than the basics of education; Severn School helped develop his character by encouraging his own innate sense of integrity, responsibility, honor, and commitment.