Former NBA Star Chris Herren in Westfield on Sept. 25 to Talk about Substance Abuse

Former NBA point guard Chris Herren will share his story of substance abuse and recovery with Westfield and surrounding communities on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Westfield High School auditorium, located at 550 Dorian Road.

 Parents/guardians, teenage students and members of the local communities are encouraged to attend this important event made possible by the Westfield, Cranford and Clark Municipal Alliances, Westfield High School Dream Team, Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation, Westfield Board of Education, Westfield Parent-Teacher Council, WHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, and the Westfield Police Department.

 Herren is a former high school All-American basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics in 2000 and who struggled with substance abuse much of his basketball career.  Drug and alcohol-free since August 2008, Herren is now a motivational speaker who travels the country to share his deeply personal story about addiction and the road to sobriety.   He founded The Herren Project ( in 2011 to help others recover from addiction and to focus on substance abuse prevention education.

Among those helping to fund the presentation – “Rebound: An Evening with NBA Star and Youth Advocate Chris Herren” – is the Albert Anthony Kayal Foundation founded by Westfield resident Michele Eskow whose brother Albert struggled with drug addiction and died in 2010 at the age of 33.   The mission of the foundation – according to its website, – is “to honor Albert’s life by providing support and resources to educate young adults in choices which will lead to healthy lifestyles.”  With money raised at a spring fundraiser, Eskow presented a $5,000 check to the Westfield High School Dream Team last June to help support the Chris Herren presentation.

The WHS Dream Team is a school club that encourages students to make healthy decisions while providing drug- and alcohol-free social events to the school community.  Dream Team members hold outreach events throughout the year such as “”Choice, Challenges, Changes,” a presentation held at Roosevelt Intermediate School last May at which Dream Team members spoke about social pressures, grades, and other topics surrounding the transition to high school.

Those interested in joining the Westfield Municipal Alliance should contact Louise DeDea at  Students wishing to join the WHS Dream Team should contact club advisors Lauren Hauser at or Susan Kolesar at


Source: Westfield Public Schools