RHS boys hoop team sporting purple Jan. 16

Ridgefield High’s black and orange will get an accent color on Jan. 16.

To support Project Purple, a national anti-substance abuse program, RHS boys basketball players will don purple socks for their team’s home game against Masuk at 7.

The Tiger’s Lair student-fan section will also wear purple T-shirts.

Project Purple is an initiative of the Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation established by Chris Herren, a former Boston College and NBA player, motivational speaker, author, and sobriety advocate, who assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.

Herren, who spoke at Ridgefield High School last month, had his basketball career derailed by drug use.

Project Purple’s goals are to create awareness and educate the public on substance abuse, while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make good choices and stand up to drugs and alcohol.

The program also works to raise funds to provide effective treatment solutions for those who need assistance to overcome substance abuse issues.

The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield will be partnering with the Ridgefield Prevention Council to hold Project Purple events Jan. 15 and 16. High school students will be encouraged to wear purple to school on Wednesday, Jan. 16, to show their support for the cause.

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