The Partnership at Drugfree.org Collaborates With Former NBA Basketball Player, Father and ESPN Sports Analyst, Chris Mullin

~Mullin to Host Live FACEBOOK Chat on Substance Abuse and Recovery~

NEW YORK, March, 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit helping parents solve the problem of teen drug and alcohol abuse, is partnering with former professional basketball player, father and ESPN sports analyst, Chris Mullin. He will be the featured guest on the next "Meet The Parents Hour," a popular, live Facebook chat and Q&A session taking place on Thursday, March 14 at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST.

Chris Mullin enjoyed a notable professional basketball career spanning over two decades with the National Basketball Association (NBA), spending 13 seasons with the Golden State Warriors and playing on five all-star teams. Mullin is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and was a key team member of the famed 1992 Olympic Dream Team.

Mullin, in recovery from alcohol abuse since 1987, began drinking in high school and recalls his father talking to him about their family history of alcoholism. It took his personal experience with alcoholism and his recovery for Mullin to truly understand his father's warning.

"As a father and a person in recovery, I truly believe that parents need to educate themselves about alcohol and drug abuse, so we can help protect our kids from these dangerous behaviors," said Chris Mullin. "Education and open, honest communication are so important and this is why I look forward to sharing my experience and story of recovery. In doing so, I hope I can help others who are now struggling, in the way that I was helped so many years ago."

Visitors to The Partnership at Drugfree.org's Facebook timeline will have the unique opportunity to chat live with Mullin and hear from others touched by drug and alcohol abuse. Like former professional basketball player Chris Herren, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern and actor/author Melissa Gilbert before him, Mullin will be taking questions and answering them in real time during the virtual event.

"We are privileged to work with Chris. It's testimony to his commitment that he's taking a break from his 'March Madness' duties at ESPN to help us reach parents and families directly with his inspirational, personal story of recovery," said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "Chris is not only a renowned former NBA star, he is a loving father whose story lets others know that help is available, recovery is possible and the future can be bright."

To learn more about The Partnership at Drugfree.org, please visit drugfree.org

About The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years. The Partnership at Drugfree.org is dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Together with experts in science, parenting and communications, the nonprofit translates research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into useful and effective resources for both individuals and communities. Working toward a vision where all young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse, The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. The organization depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and is thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

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