Because of the weather-related cancellation of all activities at Loudoun County Public Schools today, the planned presentation of the Chris Herren Project at Riverside High School has been rescheduled for Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.
Chris Herren was a star athlete who rose to the NBA in the early 2000s, but drug addiction would end his career and nearly take his life. He has been sober since a near-death experience 2008 and in 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.
The presentation is offered as part of an initiative by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration to raise awareness to the dangers of substance abuse.
Herren will share his story of cocaine use, prescription drub abuse and a near fatal heroin overdose during the free event. Anyone who has struggled with addiction or knows someone who has struggled with addiction is encouraged to attend.
“Chris Herren’s story and the Project Purple initiative will reach our high school students who are at the vulnerable age where peer pressure is at its height,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman stated. “We need to make sure they understand the consequences of substance abuse and Chris’ rise and fall exemplifies how abusing alcohol and prescription medications can lead you on a path to destruction.”
More information on The Herren Project can be found at