Dave DeBusschere scholarship grants financial aid to students for continued education


dave-debusschereDave DeBusschere Scholarship has granted financial aid to students for continued education.

A flagship program for the NBRPA’s Legends Care philanthropic arm, the Dave DeBusschere NBRPA Scholarship Fund was established in 1992.

Dedicated to providing opportunities for higher learning, this program awards college scholarship dollars to former professional basketball players, their children, and grandchildren to help meet the rising costs of higher education.

Through the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund, the NBRPA has donated more than $1 million in scholarship money to former players and their children.

This week, the NBRPA has awarded its annual scholarship to 28 students to be applied towards furthering their academic careers.

The founder of the scholarship, Dave DeBusschere was one of the best players of his era. A ferocious rebounder, DeBusschere averaged 16.1 ppg and 11.0 rpg in his career.

DeBusschere retired in 1974. His #22 jersey was retired by the Knicks. Years later, he was the one who drafted fellow Knicks legend Patrick Ewing.

DeBusschere was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after a twelve-year career (1962–1974), while being named to eight NBA All-Star teams; he was renowned for his physical style of play and tenacious defense, as he was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team six times.

DeBusschere became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. An eight-time NBA All Star, he became a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

In May 2003, he collapsed on a Manhattan street when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 62 years of age.

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