SciCoh Youth Football & Cheerleading Proudly Supports “Project Purple”

As SciCoh heads into its 2014 season, we will be showing our support of "Project Purple", a national anti-substance abuse awareness program. We will be giving each of our football players purple shoe laces and cheerleaders purple bows which they can wear all season long. We will also be selling purple Sharks wristbands with proceeds to benefit "Project Purple". It is important in a community like ours that we show support when support is needed. Now is that time. Our hope is to further support what the Scituate FACTS (Families, Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substance Abuse) Coalition has started. SCICOH, as an organization dedicated to our youth, encourages everyone to "Go Purple" and help the fight against substance abuse in our communities.

"Project Purple" is an initiative of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. The Herren Project’s Project Purple goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of 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 further education amongst teens nationwide regarding the dangers of substance abuse and provide effective treatment solutions for those who need assistance to overcome substance abuse issues.

The Project Purple concept was developed when Chris Herren, himself, struggled with substance abuse throughout his basketball career. He spoke at a local high school and the front row of students were wearing purple shirts. After Chris shared his story, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. The student said, “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captivated by the courage it took to not only stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts, but was inspired to make a difference amongst adolescents across the United States.