Project Description

Walter Smith

Where do you call home? Sea Cliff, NY (just outside NYC)

What do you do for a living? I am an architect, and work as a Senior Project Manager for a large commercial real estate company.

How did you first connect with Herren Project? I first heard of Chris through his ESPN 30/30, which I saw back in 2015. I was so moved by his story; my family and I went to see him speak at a local high school. After hearing his message in person, I was hooked. I did some research and signed up to run my first Team Herren Project event in September of 2018.

What is your interest in/connection to recovery? From an early age I saw the devastating effects alcoholism and addiction had on my life, loved ones, and neighbors. Unfortunately, back then, I never saw anyone in recovery. Today I am proud to say I live a life of recovery.

Who is someone who inspires you? My mother- in-law Harriet, and my late father-in-law Brian have always been a huge inspiration to me. Brian was 62 years sober when he past at 92 years old. As an active member of the recovery community, he helped hundreds of men and women find a path to recovery. Despite having 11 children of their own, my in-laws welcomed those struggling the most into their home. Some for a hot meal, others spent a few nights or weeks, before beds in a treatment center were secured for them. Together they showed me the true meaning of faith, love, and charity.

What’s your favorite pastime or hobby? Running has been in my life since my first track meet at the age of 7. Today running is my go-to to support my mind, body and spirit. I also enjoy family hikes, travel, music, and live shows.

What are you most proud of? My wife Tara, and our children Sean and Maggie. We are a family of four incredibly unique individuals. United in our fabric of love, hope and happiness, we always have one another’s back.

What does serving as a Herren Project Ambassador mean to you? It is a great honor to represent Herren Project as an Ambassador. Over the past few years, I have seen firsthand their amazing work, not only helping those affected by substance use disorder, but the families. Together I believe we can break the stigma and show the world that recovery is possible.