Boys Town New England will be honoring former NBA player, motivational speaker and wellness advocate, Chris Herren, at this year’s “Spirt of Youth” Annual Fundraiser. Chris Herren is well known locally and nationally, since 2009 he has shared his personal recovery journey to sobriety with over one million people. In 2011, he founded Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation that provides treatment navigation and recovery housing scholarships, as well as recovery coaching and online support for families impacted by drug and alcohol use.

Herren was born and raised in Fall River, MA, and was drafted in 1999 by the Denver Nuggets. He played professionally, both NBA and overseas, until 2006. Since then, he has been an advocate for wellness education, working hard to positively influence the lives of youth in local schools. His focus is always on the first day of substance use, not the last. Most recently he founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives. His inspirational message and organizations have helped thousands of people.

“We are truly excited to be able to honor Chris Herren this year with Boys Town New England’s Spirit of Youth award.” Jon Jelley, Executive Director of Boys Town New England continues, “Chris is a true inspiration to people both young and old and his story is a fantastic example of how you can fight through adversity and still help others to improve their lives.”

2019’s Spirit of Youth: “Serving Better Futures” is scheduled for Friday, September 27, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, Rhode Island. Sponsorships and tickets are available at  All event guests will enjoy private tours of the Tennis Hall of Fame Museum. Each year the Boys Town New England team chooses a local community member that has gone above and beyond to drive change for the youth populations within their community to honor.

Boys Town New England’s Board of Directors and Development Team collaborate to host the “Spirit of Youth” event as an opportunity for the organization’s supporters and local community to meet Boys Town youth and leadership, and learn more about their programs. Enjoy a delicious menu by local favorite Binge BBQ ( and try your luck at a variety of games of chance and silent auction items. Silent auction item donations are welcome and greatly appreciated, please contact or call 401.845.2250 x 43701.

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