Moses Malone, Spencer Haywood, Mark Eaton, Cazzie Russell and others to participate
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, is holding a charity fishing tournament – Hook, Line & Sneakers – in conjunction with Children’s Hospital in New Orleans at Joe’s Landing in Lafitte on August 17, 2012. Patrons may purchase a boat that includes three spots for fishermen, a guide and a former NBA or ABA player with a tax-deductible, charitable donation of $2,000 at www.chnola.org/fishing. Funds will benefit Children’s Hospital and the NBRPA’s Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund. The NBRPA will be in New Orleans from August 16-19 as part of its annual Legends World Sports Conference – the largest networking event in the country for former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players.
“The City of New Orleans and Children’s Hospital remain near and dear to my heart,” said NBRPA CEO Arnie D. Fielkow, who previously served as President of the New Orleans City Council and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints. “We are excited to bring our Legends of Basketball to the Crescent City for our conference and to raise charitable funds through our fishing tournament in conjunction with Children’s Hospital.”
Former NBA All-Stars Moses Malone, Spencer Haywood, Cazzie Russell and Mark Eaton headline a group of Legends slated to fish in the Hook, Line & Sneakers event. Patrons that make a donation to fish as part of the event will also be invited to a Legends Gala at Harrah’s that will be attended by more than 100 former NBA players as part of the NBRPA’s weekend in New Orleans.
“It is great to have the Legends of Basketball conference in New Orleans,” said Brian T. Landry, Vice President/Marketing at Children’s Hospital. “We are looking forward to partnering with them for this truly unique event.”
The Hook, Line & Sneakers charitable fishing tournament is made possible in part by Jefferson Parish Councilman at Large Chris Roberts, Councilman at Large Elton Lagasse and Jean Lafitte Mayor Timothy Kerner.
About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes President& Chairman of the Board Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice President Otis Birdsong, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Thurl Bailey, Harvey Catchings, James Donaldson, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and Danny Schayes. For more information, please visit www.LegendsofBasketball.com.