NBRPA legends participate in toy drive, conduct youth basketball clinic in Las Vegas


nbrpa-las-vegas-1The NBRPA Board of Directors may have been in Las Vegas Dec.9-11 for business, but that didn’t stop the Legends of Basketball leadership team from giving back.

In town for a December Board of Directors Meeting, the NBRPA made time for service in Las Vegas this holiday season by participating in a local toy drive and conducting an NBA Cares Youth Basketball Clinic at Nellis Air Force Base, NBRPA reported.

The NBRPA is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball.

With the second portion of its charitable mission in mind, the NBRPA jumped into action this week in Las Vegas.

“We may have been in town to conduct business, but this is the season of giving,” said NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong.

‘As an organization, we’re always focused on community service. But to be able to come together as a group here in Las Vegas and participate in both a toy drive and youth event for military children was especially fulfilling for our Board of Directors.”

The 2013 NBRPA Board of Directors consists of Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairmen Bob Elliott and George Tinsley, and Directors Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman. New-elects for 2014, Dwight Davis and Eldridge Recasner, joined the current board in Las Vegas for the meetings and community service.

The NBRPA’s Chapter Presidents were in Las Vegas the preceding week for their annual retreat and also participated in a holiday toy drive.

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