National Basketball Retired Players Association to make check presentation, hold youth clinic
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, is teaming up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to donate $25,000 to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission to help fund painting of the basketball courts at the newly reconstructed Oliver Bush Playground in the city’s Hurricane Katrina-decimated Lower Ninth Ward. Oliver Bush Playground is expected to be re-opened later this summer.
The NBRPA, in town August 17-19 for its annual Legends World Sports Conference, will present a $25,000 check from all three parties to the city of New Orleans at A.L. Davis Playground (located at 2600 LaSalle in New Orleans) at 4:30 p.m. on August 18. Immediately following the check presentation, the NBRPA’s Legends – former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players – will conduct a free basketball and life skills clinic for local youth. With significant support from the State of Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the NBRPA will return to New Orleans to conduct basketball and life skills clinics in the Lower Ninth Ward at Oliver Bush Playground in 2013 and 2014.
The check presentation at A.L. Davis is open to the media and will be preceded by a back-to-school community event sponsored by New Orleans-based AGH Media Group. As part of the back-to-school event, titled “School Bag Swag,” local children will be given free school supplies and uniforms. The first 75 children in attendance to sign up on-site, as well as others, will participate in the Legends Basketball Clinic from 5 to 6 p.m. More than 20 former NBA players will conduct the clinic for area youth, while others will sign autographs for members of the community in attendance.
Media wishing to attend this event may contact Paul Corliss of the NBRPA at 917-621-5744 or email@example.com to line up 1-on-1 interviews with former NBA players.
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.
About NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission to address important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated than $200 million to charity, completed more than 1.9 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 720 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 23 countries and territories on five continents. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.
About the National Basketball Players Association
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.
Whether it is negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, prosecuting a grievance on a player’s behalf, or counseling a player on benefits and educational opportunities, the NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interest of all NBA players.
Today, under the leadership of NBPA Executive Director G. William Hunter, union members enjoy expansive benefits and are among the most recognizable entertainers and athletes in the world.
In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities in a number of facets. From executive leadership roles, to team representative positions, global community outreach initiatives and more, the NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.