Kaplan University is the preferred higher education partner of the NBRPA. All NBRPA members and their immediate family members are eligible to:
- Receive a 15% tuition grant on more than 180 online programs, plus textbooks and course materials included in the cost of tuition*
- Transfer credits earned at prior institutions, or earn credit for work/life training or experiences through portfolio development courses‡
- Try our classes for three weeks before you owe any tuition
- The Kaplan University Tuition Cap pricing on select programs
A degree is within your reach. Take advantage of your education benefits at Kaplan University.
Kaplan University is also available to assist its NBRPA graduates with relevant career service support. We’re here to motivate and empower you through one-on-one interaction and collaboration with employers and educators.
Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is ranked among the best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs by U.S. News & World Report, for the third consecutive year.
“Education is the backbone to success in life after basketball…. With a degree from Kaplan University, our members will be equipped with the tools to build a second career in a multitude of professional fields after their playing days end.”
- NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow
In 2015, Anaheim University is offering scholarships to five NBRPA Members to cover the entire tuition of a graduate program through their online university. Online is the perfect way for a public personality or celebrity to study without the usual distractions that public figures experience on-campus. At the same time, NBRPA Members have the opportunity to interact with their professors and fellow students in real-time live high-definition webcam classes. Members can attend live classes no matter where they are in the world, as computers and smartphones can both access the live webcam classes, or one may join by telephone. Unlike online programs that are primarily e-mail based, Anaheim University’s community-based programs offer a tremendous amount of interaction between students & students, and students & professors, and this has led to success rates in the 90th percentile for the majority of their programs. Anaheim’s approach has been to take advantage of the lack of geographic limitations that most on-campus institutions are faced with and to hire top professors in each subject, wherever they may reside.
Concordia University with physical campuses in Wisconsin and Michigan, is a preferred higher-education partner of the NBRPA. NBRPA members have access to a variety of educational opportunities at Concordia, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs, customized workshops and certification programs, professional development seminars and career training. The partnership, which offers both in-person and online/virtual learning opportunity, also allows Concordia students the opportunity to intern with the NBRPA. The NBRPA regularly communicates with Concordia’s Sports & Entertainment Business program regarding opportunities for NBRPA Members to develop professionally.
Concordia University Wisconsin, and its affiliate Concordia University Ann Arbor, are committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit. Concordia provides a variety of educational opportunities for students who are preparing for vocations in the ministry of the church and for various professional and business careers in the community. The program of studies emphasizes a liberal arts curriculum and course offerings providing educational experiences that cultivate personal and vocational skills.
The NBRPA formed a new key partnership with the NBA Players Legends Fund, which not only provides funding for former players in direct straits, but also helps fund former player programs and provides business and educational grants to NBRPA Members. NBRPA relations with the NBA have never been stronger, as both parties are meeting regularly and collaborating on public events, community relations and former player transition programming.
This custom-designed training and development program includes regular one-on-one consultation, as well as group sessions. AthLife addresses the career transition needs of former professional basketball players, including continuing educational services, career development and other workshops. All of the services are associated with participation, disengagement and transition from sport.
NBRPA Members will have access to top-level employment consulting from GTS Consulting, led by Glenn Sugiyama. Mr. Sugiyama serves as Executive Vice President and Global Practice Leader for Sports. GTS offers guidance to Members regarding coaching, broadcasting, and management careers.
The NBRPA's employment partner is TeamworkOnline. As part of this partnership, NBRPA Members have access to one-on-one career consultation in the sports sector. In addition, Teamwork's employment experts make group presentations throughout the year. You will be connected to professionals at 800+ sports and live event organizations and 3 million other enthusiasts like you. You can apply for jobs, share your sports successes on all social media platforms, and you will have an opportunity to connect at one of our 50+ networking events near you.
The NBRPA assists in the identification and selection of retired players interested in coaching at the collegiate and professional level to participate in the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program. The goal of the NBA’s Assistant Coaches Program is to expose retired players as potential NBA coaches, assist coaches in showcasing potential NBA players and to help NBA second round picks understand their roles. The NBRPA and NBA Player Development staffs evaluate members and select candidates to participate in additional coaching development and exposure opportunities by way of the Portsmouth Invitational, Pre-Draft Camp, D-League Showcase, and more. In 2015, 20 NBRPA members have been selected to participate in the Assistant Coaches Program.
Commencing June 1, 2015, the NBRPA is launching its first-ever Member internship as part of a new program designed to deliver rich sports business experience to NBRPA Members. Member interns will gain knowledge of sports administration and learn the inner workings or the sports business industry, rotating between all departmental areas (membership recruitment, member benefits and programming, officer operations, special
events, player development, marketing, etc.). During the application process, each finalist of the 6-month Member internship program will be interviewed by Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, and President & CEO Arnie Fielkow. If chosen, the Member intern will spend 6 months in Chicago, IL – with the help of a $2,200/month stipend for housing, travel, and other related expenses – to engage in comprehensive training that will develop both their skills and their resumes.
Health & Wellness Programs
The NBRPA partners with SASid Inc, and BWD Group, LLC to provide members a Health Insurance Marketplace that is offered online at NBAalumniinsurance.com. In addition to this members-only healthcare marketplace, the NBRPA's partnership with SASid includes dedicated customer service professionals available to answer any questions about billing, claims and general product knowledge.
Kiva Recovery partners with NBRPA to help with substance abuse education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It's clinical treatment center is dedicated to replace addiction with solution-focused, growth-oriented strategies that focus on:
- Lifelong Recovery through Holistic (Global) Health
- Positive Character Building through Continuous Character Growth
- Life Satisfaction through Contentment
As part of its innovative partnership with the NBRPA, Kiva will offer confidential consultations with NBRPA Members to investigate presenting issues, outreach calls to the member and their family when approved, formal and informal screening of the member or families needs, facilitating services to match the Member or families need and continued support throughout the process for all involved.
The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), medical management program, in New York City will work closely with the NBRPA to provide its members discounted and specialized surgical care. Read more
Central Rexall Drugs, pain management program, is a leading pharmaceutical company that allows NBRPA members to receive free and discounted treatment through their product line of medications and supplements.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America provides management and marketing services to physician practices and hospital facilities that provide inpatient and outpatient services for the treatment of cancer patients, specifically including treatment of patients for prostate cancer. CTCA physicians render such services at five facilities, including Philadelphia, PA, Newnan, GA, Zion, IL, Tulsa, OK, and Goodyear, AZ. As part of the NBRPA’s partnership with Cancer Treatment Centers of America, CTCA physicians will offer a second opinion to NBRPA Members who have a prostate cancer diagnosis. CTCA
physicians will treat five eligible NBRPA Members, for whom this second opinion results in a diagnosis confirmation.
DentaQuest is the third largest dental benefits administrator in the United States, offering innovative dental benefits solutions at low costs to over 20 million clients. The DentaQuest Foundation is working with local, state, and national partners to raise oral health awareness and promote effective oral health solutions, and research at the DentaQuest Institute is dedicated to developing new ways to improve the effectiveness of care by private dental offices, hospital-based clinics, and safety net dental programs. As part of a new partnership with the NBRPA, DentaQuest will offer NBRPA Members general dental services in all DentaQuest locations at a 90% discount of state Medicaid rates.
The Ear Q Hearing and Education Discount Program for the NBRPA is a value added program, outside of insurance coverage, further stretching your dollar. All NBRPA members and their families receive the following benefits:
- 40% OFF Ear Q suggested retails prices
- 50-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
- Annual Hearing Checkup
- Nationwide network of hearing healthcare professional
The objective of RPAG sports is to provide a support system for athletes as they retire and enter life after professional sports. This is achieved by providing a variety of services to its members, including access to affiliated law firms and tax advisors.
Spherady, a service dedicated to social media development, will be working with NBRPA Members to help create Private Premium Content Channels. On their channels, Members may post photos, videos, music clips, and textual messages, host live video Q&A sessions, control their own monthly or annual subscription fees, and monitor revenue rep
SportsBlo.com, the NBRPA's direct partner, is the 21-st most visited sports web sit on the Internet and receive 5 million unique users and 22 million page views each month. Opportunities for NBRPA partners on SportsBlog.com include NBRPA Member Blogs, as well as through traditional online and interactive Ad campaign.