2017 – Chris Herren

Chris Herren, 2017 Keynote Speaker

Chris Herren was a high school basketball legend from Fall River, Massachusetts, who scored over 2,000 career points while at Durfee High School and was named to the 1994 McDonald’s All-American team. Herren realized his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and then was traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics in 2000. After suffering a season ending injury as a Celtic, Herren went on to play in five countries including Italy, Poland, Turkey, China and Iran.

Herren struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Alcohol and drug-free since August 1, 2008, he has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded, of which he is the subject.

In June of 2009, he launched Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, a basketball player development company that offers basketball training, camps and clinics to top basketball prospects in New England.

Off the court, Chris Herren continues to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching just one person and making a difference in his or her life. In inspiring presentations, he draws on his own history to convince audiences that it is never too late to follow your dreams and urges audience members to overcome setbacks and start making the right choices.

To support his vision, he founded the Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012, The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse. Since 2012, it is estimated that over 300,000 teens nationwide have taken the pledge to make good choices, standing up and together against drugs and alcohol. The Herren Project continues to make a significant impact nationwide one person, one family at a time.

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Rotarians… look for Gene Martin and Kacey King at Wednesday's meeting at ORU. They will be happy to book your Iba Awards table or individual seat tickets! You still have a chance to sit with a university president, a sports coach or famous former athlete. Proceeds from the event grows the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which gives grants to nonprofits and projects in the Tulsa area! Get ready, get set, go!! Justin Wren, Shannon Miller, Chris Herren, Lauren Chamberlain Rotary Club of Tulsa

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Be a part of an exciting and inspiring evening by attending the Henry P. Iba Awards honoring citizen athletes on June 26. Tables and tickets selling now. Meet internationally-known athletes who give back in a big way to their communities and the world including Lauren Chamberlain, Justin Wren, Shannon Miller & Chris Herren. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which supports non-profits and projects in the Tulsa area. Bellator MMA USA Softball @The University of Oklahoma USA Gymnastics Olympic 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Gymnastics NBA Sports Illustrated ESPN VYPE Oklahoma Tulsa Lifestyle TulsaPeople Magazine Tulsa World Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Rotary District 6110 Rotary International Rotary Club of Tulsa

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Join your friends at Tulsa Rotary at the annual Iba Awards. Hear the amazing stories of four internationally-known athletes and how they support humanity and their communities. Make plans now to be a part of exciting evening. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation which gives grants to nonprofits and projects in the Tulsa area. ... See MoreSee Less

Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

June 26, 2017, 5:30pm - June 26, 2017, 9:00pm

Meet athletes, coaches and celebrities at the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards benefiting the Rotary Club of Tulsa Club of Tulsa Foundation. Monday, June 26, 2017 - Hard Rock Tulsa. Celebrating the selfless act of giving back to the community, the annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize two nationally known athletes who are generous of heart in their communities through their own or others’ charitable organizations. The annual dinner and award ceremony draws celebrities from across the country including professional athletes, Olympic champions, coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sportscasters and more. The recipients of the award receive a trophy and a donation is made to a local charity in the athlete’s name from the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation. During the event, two area high school citizen athletes are also honored for their prowess in their respective sports as well as their involvement in the community. These honors are called the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Awards which singles out two players who best exhibit the traits of tenacity and unselfishness. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, “tustenugee” means “warrior.” These citizen athletes are nominated by athletic directors from across northeast Oklahoma. Event Details - 2017 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards: Monday, June 26, 2017 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK. 5:30 p.m. VIP Celebrity Reception, Sky Room 6:00 p.m. General Reception, Sequoyah Ballroom Entry 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation, Sequoyah Ballroom Make plans now to attend as this is a sell-out event by contacting us at: 918-584-7642 Iba@TulsaRotary.com

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