From: Saugus, MA
What do you do for a living?
How did you first connect with Herren Project?
My good friend Charlie is the athletic director at a junior high school. He invited me to coach the 7th and 8th grade basketball team. He showed the team the ESPN documentary on Chris Herren every year. That year the whole team wore purple laces in their sneakers.
My first event with Team Herren Project was the 2016 CVS Providence 5k, raising money and awareness to support the work. Since then I have gone on to raise awareness and funds for/with Herren Project by running my first marathon in New York City and taking my first trip to Europe and running the Berlin Marathon!!
What is your interest in/connection to recovery?
I struggled with drugs and alcohol from a young age. I have been in recovery since Sept. 1, 2008. My life has literally gotten better every single day since.
Who is someone who inspires you?
My wife Danielle. Any goal she sets she achieves. She is an amazing mother to our daughters, Faith and Marley. I could go on and on, but to put it simply she makes me want to be the best me I can be.
What’s your favorite pastime or hobby?
I love doing anything with my family. We do a lot of Disney trips. I also enjoy running and lifting weights
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my sobriety. My sobriety has afforded so much. Because I got sober I got a career, got married, run marathons, and so many other experiences I would have never lived to see if I didn’t enter a life of recovery. Most of all I’m proud that before my dad passed away he got to know his son was doing well and that I got to hand him his 2 grandchildren.
What does serving as a Herren Project Ambassador mean to you?
Serving as a Herren Project Ambassador means the world to me. The people who make up Herren Project have been so kind and welcoming to me. I have been made to feel like family. Being an ambassador myself it is my goal to grow this family and make people feel as welcomed and involved as I was. As is often said in recovery “you have to give it away to keep it!”