25th Anniversary Spotlight: Full Court Press Program

June 22, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) was established in 1992 to assist former NBA, WNBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotter players in their transition from the playing court to life after the game. Since the NBRPA’s inception, it has been no secret that its members have donated countless hours of community service through basketball and life skills events. In 2013, the NBRPA’s Board of Directors recognized a desire within its membership to formalize its dedication to community service by broadening the mission of assisting former players in life after basketball to also include impacting communities and youth through basketball. With the expansion of the NBRPA’s historic mission, the association saw the need to establish a flagship program with a sole focus on fulfilling their commitment to giving back. The expansion of the NBRPA mission led to the creation of the Full Court Press: Prep for Success Youth Basketball and Mentoring Program.

Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a single–day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 8-18, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to support the development of participating young people both on and off the court through basketball instruction, mentoring roundtables and an innovative life skills curriculum. Youth spend 50 percent of their programming time on the court and 50 percent of their day in the classroom.

Each Full Court Press (FCP): Prep for Success event is uniquely designed to fit the community it serves. Some events take place at NBA team facilities, while others are held at local colleges or recreations centers. The touring program visits 10 -15 cities annually and includes at least four NBRPA Members that serve as coaches and mentors in each session. The mentoring topics for each session are chosen based on age, community demographics and localized issues.

Cities visited by FCP in its inaugural season (2013) included: San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Seattle, WA; and Dallas, TX. Since the inaugural season, FCP has held more than 50 clinics. Some notable NBRPA members that have participated in FCP include NBA and WNBA alum Nate Archibald, Derrick Coleman, Shameka Christon, Andrienne Goodson, Kym Hampton, Robert Horry, Bob McAdoo, Sam Perkins, Jalen Rose and Quacy Timmons to name a few.

In 2017, the FCP program will host an additional 15 clinics with its partners Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations, and Strategies for Youth. The Jr. NBA, is the NBA’s youth basketball participation program. FCP features the Jr. NBA’s curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of the game in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. PAL is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform cities in which they exist and serve. Strategies for Youth (SFY) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions and reducing disproportionate minority contact. Collectively, each of the before mentioned FCP partners assist in supporting the NBRPA’s mission to positively impact communities locally and abroad through basketball.

Please visit www.legendsofbasketball.com for more information on FCP dates near you!