Climb Above Addiction

Saturday, April 30, 2022


Plymouth State University

Mary Lyon Lawn 

Please join us for this annual fundraiser to help prevent and reduce substance use and addiction and support individuals in recovery though collaboration with CADY, Plymouth State University and ENACTUS. Proceeds with benefit CADY’s Restorative Justice Program, a juvenile court diversion program for first time youth offenders.

Chris Sullivan, former NFL football player with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, will share his powerful story as a professional athlete, his struggle with anxiety, depression and substance use and his path to recovery.

Activities include: live music from the Uncle Steve Band, pet therapy, food, games and more!


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Chris should have been on top of the World, as he succeeded in becoming an NFL football player from 1996-2002 with the New England Patriots & Pittsburg Steelers. As a member of the New England Patriots, Chris played in two Super Bowls and has a Super Bowl XXXI ring. Although his outside appearance looked like he had it all together, inwardly he was suffering from anxiety and depression for years. When he lost his identity as a football player after his first DUI, Chris immediately turned to substances to numb his feelings. He chased his addiction to drugs and alcohol as strongly as he chased professional football. Drawing from his personal battle in life, Chris has chosen to share his story, Not in the Playbook, with others about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. His audience leaves having learned many life skills that will help them to make good choices surrounding alcohol, drugs & coping with anxiety and depression. He also lets them know that it is the strong people, not the weak, that reach out and ask for help when they need it.  Fortunately, after years of suffering from a substance use disorder, Chris reached out for help. Chris has been sober since December 15, 2008 and shares his story nationally with students & communities with hopes of helping others.


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