The NBRPA is visiting Haiti for its third goodwill mission in the country in the last four years. NBRPA members Mike Brown, Anthony Bonner, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Mamadou N’diaye, Robert Reid, Charles “Choo” Smith and select staff are joined with the Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ) to visit schools, orphanages, healthcare facilities and governmental agencies as well as host special basketball clinics during their three days in Haiti.
The team arrived in Port-au-Prince on Thursday morning and was greeted by the Minister of Sport and the Sallon Diplomatique, where a press conference was held to discuss the mission of the trip and the work the NBRPA is doing with FEJ and the Haitian community. Following the press conference the team traveled to Lamardelle where they met and had lunch with the trip’s sponsors including: Gina and Lucien Duncan, Ketia Brezault, Pasha Brandt, Jean Marc Salba, Reynold Bonnefil, Joel Auguste and Dr. Gerald Reid.
Later that afternoon, the group hosted their first basketball clinic for more than 60 kids. The players taught ball handling, passing and other fundamentals while maintaining an exciting and upbeat atmosphere throughout the day. WNBA Legend, Taj McWilliams-Franklin share her thoughts on the experience saying, “The clinic was an opportunity to teach the kids of FEJ in positive ways through basketball. The NBRPA and FEJ have a great partnership in mixing fun with the kids at the school; some who have never played basketball before. It was a great time with the boys and girls and staff of FEJ.”
On Friday, the NBRPA team will visit FEJ’s medical clinic and women's empowerment facility before traveling to Petionville. Along the way, the group will stop to visit several sport facilities that have been built for the local communities. Once in Petionville, the team will host their second basketball clinic before concluding the night with dinner with sponsors.
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, WNBA 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 President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.