Former Denver Nuggets player Chris Herren has been added to the list of guests at this year's Suffolk County District Attorney's Basketball for Peace Tournament.
Herren, a Fall River native will be at the tournament Thursday to offer inspiration and encouragement to the kids.
As an athlete for Boston College, Herren struggled with an addiction to painkillers after breaking his wrist during his first collegiate game. Now sober and accomplished, Herren hopes to inspire those competing at the tournament to follow their dreams and stay off drugs.
While Herren may be a big star nationally, the tournament will also host local residents who have shined in their respective communities and fields, including Erin Collins who launched a successful violence-prevention program through Childrenís Hospital; Adam Gray, the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year; William Gross the Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police Department; Dr. Thea James, the director of the Boston Medical Centerís Violence Intervention Advocacy Program; Migdalia Nalls, an Assistant District Attorney; and Clayton Turnbull the president and CEO of the Waldwin Group.
The tournament, now in its fourth year, will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center all day Thursday, attracting youth, non-profits, social service provides and local law enforcement from all over Suffolk County.
Pre-registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
The speaking program with District Attorney Daniel Conley and Herren begins at 1:20 p.m.