NBRPA to launch nationwide youth basketball & mentoring program


nbrpa-logoThe National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, announced plans for a new, 12-city nationwide youth basketball and mentoring program in conjunction with the National Police Athletic League (PAL) and National Urban League (NUL).

The program, Full Court Press: Prep for Success, will include a day-long youth basketball and life skills clinic conducted by NBRPA Members in each market, combined with a year-round mentorship program for each youngster that participates in the day-long session.

“We are excited to team with the National Police Athletic League and National Urban League to make an impact on the lives of at-risk youngsters and thank them both for their support of Full Court Press: Prep for Success,” said NBRPA CEO Arnie D. Fielkow.

“As the lifeblood of our non-profit association, NBRPA Members – former professional basketball players at the highest level – are philanthropic ambassadors for the game of basketball and this new program falls perfectly in line with their desire to give back to youth.”

In 2013, NBRPA Members will conduct basketball and life skills clinics in the following 12 markets: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The program will ceremoniously launch during NBA All-Star 2013 with a press conference prior to the NBRPA Houston Chapter’s “Kids Get Fit” basketball clinic at Jack Yates High School (located at 3703 Sampson St., Houston, TX 77004) at 9:30 a.m. on February 15.

“National PAL is excited about the partnership with the NRBPA and NUL and the opportunities the partnership will bring to the youth in America,” said Mike Dillhyon, Executive Director for the National Police Athletic League.

At least four NBRPA Members will serve as coaches for each clinic, providing expert basketball instruction with an underlying message that encourages positive lifestyle choices.

The National Police Athletic League and National Urban League, meanwhile, will collaborate to develop a life skills and mentoring program that will provide each clinic participant with a lasting role model to encourage long-term character development.

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