Have you seen the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Unguarded?

The Sports Bash was joined by former NBA player Chris Herren to talk about his story.

Thanks to both the Ocean City Library and the Ocean City Education Foundation, 7th through 12th grade students in the Ocean City School District will attend an assembly on April 27th warning them of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

Additionally, members of the community are invited to listen to the presentation on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00pm in the Ocean City High School Chris Herren, a basketball legend from Massachusetts, realized his dreams by playing for the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to addiction before rising again with a new dream. Herren had what seemed on the outside to be a dream basketball career which included being named a high school basketball player of the year as well as being drafted into the NBA after playing college at a top division 1 college. However, Herren’s basketball success concealed a darker side, and his dream soon became a nightmare of addiction – first alcohol, then cocaine, and finally heroin.

After extensive rehabilitation stays, Herren has been drug-free since June of 2008 and alcohol-free since August of 2008. Since the summer of 2009, Herren has trained over 200 basketball players including some of the top basketball prospects in New England.  Off the court, he continues to share his story of abuse with audiences in hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in their life. His memoir, Basketball Junkie, was released in May 2011; in November 2011 a documentary based on his journey,  Unguarded, aired as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Chris Herren was recently featured

The Thursday evening presentation by Chris Herren is free of charge and open to the public and seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Gymnasium doors will open at 5:30 on the evening of the event. A live feed of the presentation will be available at the Ocean City Library. Please visit www.ocnjef.com for more information.

This event is being made available to the students and public thanks to the following sponsors: the Ocean City Public Library, Jay and Michelle Gillian, the Ocean City PTA, The Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City Fire Department.