Chris Herren

Click HERE to see  the growing relationship established between Chris Herren and Mel’s Charities.

Chris Herren was an All-American basketball star who broke scoring records and realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA before losing his career and almost his family to the disease of addiction. Alcohol and drug-free since 2008, Chris has spoken to over 2 million students nationwide.

“When I saw Chris’ story and the lives he has impacted, I knew we had to bring his unique and powerful message to Ozaukee County.”

Since 2021, Chris has spoken to over 10,000 students, teachers, and administrators throughout the area. In November 2024, Mel’s will bring Chris back to this area. We’d like to thank our corporate sponsors and generous individuals, as well as the Ozaukee County Human Services Department, for supporting Chris’ visits.

For more information about Chris Herren and his vision visit

Port Washington High School

Grafton High School

Chris and Liza Drake, Director of Human Services-Ozaukee County

Mel and Chris