Ask Chris Sullivan, former defensive lineman for the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers and he’ll tell you he was in the best shape of his life upon retirement, including a Superbowl ring from the Patriots 2001-2002 season. But the winning smile masked a personal life in turmoil and struggles with substance abuse.
Chris Sullivan and his wife, Kathi will be speaking to addiction and underage drinking on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 at The Winchendon School, in Winchendon, Massachusetts.
One in a series of guest speakers to address and raise awareness about substance abuse in the area, the couple will be sharing their stories with the greater Winchendon community. Sullivan’s story will focus on his five OUI arrests and his stays in rehabilitation and what brought him to a near-death experience. Kathi’s story is of the loss of her 17-year-old daughter, Taylor, during an underaged binge-drinking party, and her death from her own poor choices.
Both Chris and Kathi find it therapeutic to speak with students and parents about the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
The talk is free and open to the public. Coffee will be available. Seating is limited.