Dec 182012

Chris Herron

Chris Herron

Several local sports groups, the Groton Dunstable Educational Foundation, The Commissioners of Trust Funds, and G-DRHS Principal Michael Mastrullo are pulling out all the stops to draw a big crowd to Thursday evening’s “Call To Excellence” program with former college and pro basketball star Chris Herron.

In a statement promoting the event, organizers note, “Chris Herren’s struggles with substance abuse have been well documented. Herren was the subject of the Emmy nominated ESPN films documentary, Unguarded. The documentary chronicles his rise to fame as he realizes his dream to play in the NBA, only to lose it all to addiction. Chris continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of convincing young men and women to avoid the perils of substance abuse. The event is open to all and free of charge. Recommended for mature audiences — grade 9 and above.”

Mastrullo explained, “I am well versed in the story of Chris Herren, as we are both from Massachusetts, of similar age, and we both attended Boston College. I do not know him personally but I know his story well. He was a local basketball legend at the time and I remember following his rise and subsequent fall from grace. I watched the ESPN documentary film on Chris, Unguarded, and found the story quite compelling. A member of the Groton Trust Funds saw him speak at an area school, and he found his story fascinating. They reached out to the high school and expressed their willingness to cover half the cost of the event, so the Groton Trust Fund Trustees were the impetus behind Chris coming to GD.

With that said, alerting students to the dangers of drugs and alcohol is a responsibility we take very seriously. We view this as a partnership between parents, community members, local law enforcement, and school personnel. We are always looking for creative and different ways to educate students on the dangers of addiction, and we view this event, and ones like it, as an important piece of that equation. ”

The program is free, and takes place Thursday, December 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center, 344 Main Street, Groton.

The evening is sponsored by the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds, the GD Athletic Booster Club, Groton Dunstable Education Foundation, G-D Athletics, Football-Cheer Club, and Youth Basketball.