Jones Brothers to be featured at SIAC Champions Brunch

NBRPA Members Caldwell, Major (Houston Chapter President) and Wilbert Jones will be featured alongside their brothers, Oliver and Charles, at the upcoming Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's inaugural SIAC Champions Brunch, in conjunction with the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation. The event, which is sponsored by the National College Athletic Association, will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. at The George T. French Center on the campus of Miles College in Fairfield, Alab.

The Jones family is widely recognized as the only family to produce six brothers who played professional basketball, including four in the NBA -- Caldwell, Charles, Major, Melvin (deceased), Oliver and Wilbert. . All six brothers attended Albany State University, a member institution of the SIAC. The Jones brothers will be on hand to speak with student-athletes, answer questions and have photo opportunities following the brunch.

SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore will bestow appropriate awards of recognition to the Jones Brothers during the event, as they will be invited to participate in other activities of the SIAC Tournament before and after the brunch.

Media are encouraged to attend as there will be a media / photo availability period with the Jones Brothers immediately following.

The brunch coincides with the 81st SIAC Basketball Tournament, which will be held from March 3 through March 8, at Bill Harris Arena in the Birmingham Crossplex. The 2014 SIAC Basketball Tournament features both men’s and women’s basketball teams from the 14 members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC).

NBRPA Day of Caring a huge success with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on December 19 for a “Day of Caring.” As part of this very special holiday community event, more than 40 former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters visited with patients at children’s hospitals in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix.

“On behalf of the NBRPA Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Chapter Presidents and all of the members who participated in the Children's Miracle Network Legends Day of Caring,” said Board Chairman Otis Birdsong. “As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the NBRPA is dedicated to giving back and serving communities – especially during the holiday season. Thank you to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, our philanthropic partner, for making this incredible day possible.”

Steve Hayes, a member of the NBRPA Board of Directors, visited Texas Children's hospital with the NBRPA Houston Chapter -- the largest group participating in the Day of Caring.

"We had a great turnout from the Houston Chapter and it was a great event to be a part of -- seeing how the members of our organization truly care and feel for these kids, their parents, and appreciation to the hospital workers for taking care of these kids," Hayes said. "We brought lots of smiles to children, their parents, and staff. The highlight of the day was Moses Malone playing the guitar while the Legends sang Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to a little girl."

Click below to watch video of Moses Malone leading fellow Houston Chapter Members Robert Reid, Major Jones and Reggie Dixon in a singalong.

NBRPA Members talked about the event on Sirius/XM’s new NBA Channel and local media outlets from FOX and CBS covered the Day of Caring. Several of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals came back to the NBRPA with glowing reports about our members.

CHICAGO: The guys were SO fabulous ... kind, funny, and jumped right in to hang with the patients and families. Everyone had such a great time. We are happy to have them back any time

DETROIT: They were a hit with both patients and the staff, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Our staff remarked that this was the best visit we have had in a long time because they were so down to earth.

HOUSTON: The hospital has a very high census at this time so their visit was a wonderful distraction for the patients and their families. In the two hour time-frame, we were able to visit one inpatient floor as well as our Renal Dialysis Unit. All in all I’d say it was a great success! Hope the guys left feeling very satisfied for the time they spent at Texas Children’s bringing joy to our patients.

PHOENIX: The guys had a fantastic time and the kids had so much fun with them. They were super laid back and incredibly funny which made it a great visit. We had one mom thank them for making her son smile for the first time all day.

Participating NBRPA Members included:

CHICAGO CHAPTER: Emmette Bryant (Boston Celtics/New York Knicks/DePaul), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls/DePaul), Jeff Sanders (Chicago Bulls), and Kevin Porter (Detroit Pistons/Washington Bullets)

DALLAS CHAPTER: Cincy Powell (Dallas Chaparrals/ABA All-Star), Willie Davis (Dallas Chaparrals), Ira Terrell (Phoenix Suns/SMU), Steffond Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers)

DETROIT CHAPTER: Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons), Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Maceo Baston (Indiana Pacers/University of Michigan), Earl Higgins (Indiana Pacers/Eastern Michigan)

HOUSTON CHAPTER: Major Jones (Houston Rockets), Ollie Taylor (New York Nets/University of Houston), Howard Smith (Harlem Globetrotters), Louis Dunbar (Harlem Globetrotters/University of Houston), Moses Malone (Hall of Fame/Houston Rockets/Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Loder (Kansas City Kings), David Lattin (San Francisco Warriors/UTEP), Allen Leavell (Houston Rockets), Steve Hayes (Houston Rockets), Skyy Foreman (Harlem Globetrotters),George Campbell (Harlem Globetrotters), Robert Reid (Houston Rockets), Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets/Utah Jazz) and Reggie Dixon (Harlem Globetrotters)

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER: Spencer Haywood (ABA MVP/NBA All-Star/Seattle Sonics), Keith Starr (Chicago Bulls), Jerome Williams (New York Knicks/Toronto Raptors)

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER: Michael Cooper (5x NBA Champion/NBA Defensive Player of the Year/Los Angeles Lakers), Sam Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Rick Darnell (Virginia Squires)

ORLANDO CHAPTER: Tree Rollins (Orlando Magic/Atlanta Hawks), Greg Minor (Boston Celtics), Tony Battie (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics) and Greg Kite (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics)

PHOENIX CHAPTER: Matt Fish (Los Angeles Clippers), Nick Sheppard, Claude Terry (Denver Nuggets), Steven Colter (Portland Trailblazers/Washington Bullets)

NBRPA PARTNERS WITH CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS FOR ‘DAY OF CARING

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) today announced that several of its chapter cities are participating in a “Day of Caring” with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on December 19, 2013. As part of this very special holiday community event, former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters will visit with patients at children’s hospitals in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix.

“As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the National Basketball Retired Players Association is dedicated to giving back and serving communities – especially during the holiday season,” said Otis Birdsong, a former NBA All-Star and NBRPA Chairman of the Board. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is our philanthropic partner and our chapters and members are thrilled to join forces with this organization to visit local member children’s hospitals and meet young patients.”

Details of the NBRPA/Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Day of Caring hospital visits on December 19 are as follows (all times EASTERN):

CHICAGO CHAPTER – 3 p.m. ET
Lurie Children's Hospital
225 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Emmette Bryant (Boston Celtics/New York Knicks/DePaul), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls/DePaul), Jeff Sanders (Chicago Bulls), and Kevin Porter (Detroit Pistons/Washington Bullets)

DALLAS CHAPTER – 3 p.m. ET
Cook Children’s Medical Center
801 Seventh Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Cincy Powell (Dallas Chaparrals/ABA All-Star), Willie Davis (Dallas Chaparrals), Ira Terrell (Phoenix Suns/SMU), Steffond Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers)

DETROIT CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Beaumont Children's Hospital: 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons), Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Maceo Baston (Indiana Pacers/University of Michigan), Earl Higgins (Indiana Pacers/Eastern Michigan)

HOUSTON CHAPTER – 11 a.m. ET
Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Major Jones (Houston Rockets), Ollie Taylor (New York Nets/University of Houston), Howard Smith (Harlem Globetrotters), Louis Dunbar (Harlem Globetrotters/University of Houston), Moses Malone (Hall of Fame/Houston Rockets/Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Loder (Kansas City Kings), David Lattin (San Francisco Warriors/UTEP), Allen Leavell (Houston Rockets), Steve Hayes (Houston Rockets), Skyy Foreman (Harlem Globetrotters),George Campbell (Harlem Globetrotters), Robert Reid (Houston Rockets), Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets/Utah Jazz) and Reggie Dixon (Harlem Globetrotters)

LAS VEGAS CHAPTER – 1 p.m. ET
Saint Rose Dominican Hospital
3001 State Rose Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Spencer Haywood (ABA MVP/NBA All-Star/Seattle Sonics), Keith Starr (Chicago Bulls), Jerome Williams (New York Knicks/Toronto Raptors)

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Michael Cooper (5x NBA Champion/NBA Defensive Player of the Year/Los Angeles Lakers), Sam Williams (Philadelphia 76ers), Duane Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers)

ORLANDO CHAPTER – 2 p.m. ET
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
92 W Miller St.
Orlando, FL 32806
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Tree Rollins (Orlando Magic/Atlanta Hawks), Greg Minor (Boston Celtics), Tony Battie (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics) and Greg Kite (Orlando Magic/Boston Celtics)

PHOENIX CHAPTER – 12 p.m. ET
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
PARTICPATING FORMER PLAYERS: Matt Fish (Los Angeles Clippers), Nick Sheppard, Claude Terry (Denver Nuggets), Steven Colter (Portland Trailblazers/Washington Bullets)

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

 

Strong Bonds Fuel NBRPA Houston Chapter

By Shantonie Derrick

The NBRPA has nine chapter cities, with additional chapters on the horizon. Houston is the oldest, largest and most successful of these chapters. After a successful series of community events held during NBA All-Star 2013 in its home city, the NBRPA Houston Chapter is riding a crest of momentum that’s been created by a core group of members working as one.

From their humble beginnings, the Houston Chapter has had a vision and passion to not only provide assistance to other retired players as they transition into life after the game, but to serve others and give back to the community. John Egan was elected the first President of the Houston Chapter nearly 20 years ago, but his hard-work and dedication to the organization is the foundation on which the chapter currently operates. Once, Egan decided his time as president was up, Jones took over in 2008 and has served with the same level of tenacity as Egan.

With hundreds of NBRPA Members in the area, Jones attributes their great success to his “core group of guys,” which consists of about 20-30 former players that consistently attend meetings and events.

“I think that we have a committed group and that works well for us,” Jones said. “We know who we are, we know the direction that we want to go in and the guys have definitely committed.

Egan said there’s a special bond amongst members of the Houston Chapter.

“Veteran guys, legend guys, getting together and bonding with each other has been the greatest asset – we’ve become friends,” Egan said.

With leadership that cares about bonding and creating an impact in the community, the Houston chapter is very busy year-round. Outside of the customary basketball clinics and charity golf outings, they have partnered with Project WET to bring about water education to local schools. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education.

During All-Star Weekend, the chapter held two basketball clinics, a golf tournament, an event with Project WET and a gala where an excess of 1500 people-former players and guests-attended. Jones said they use their Stay in School Program as a platform to go to different schools and speak to the kid’s right before summer break.

The Houston Chapter has been working diligently to increase their business acumen and attain sponsorships and partnerships with the local business community. Shell and Sports Authority are just two companies they are working with in their area.

Egan’s advice for all chapters old and new is simple:

“Start small and think small,” Egan said. “You have to get guys that want to give back, share, and aren’t greedy – guys that are passionate about helping other people. Have meetings and don’t hold them long, have the guys solicit other guys, do one event at a time, and get some supporters and sponsors to help you. Corporations see what you’re doing and they give money on emotional things like kids, education, feeding the homeless/hungry, cancer, etc. The competition is unbelievable, so you have to start small and grow through word of mouth; people will say it’s a great organization and begin to support.”

Jones echoed Egan’s comments:

“You have to get committed guys, a committed core group of guys who are going to be there regardless. You don’t come to the meetings only when it’s convenient or don’t have anything else to do. You have to have committed guys and we have a committed core group of guys. Once you can get that done you’re in pretty good shape. We work with the premise that we have a chip on our shoulder. I think that has served us well. It’s the Houston chapter not my chapter it’s our chapter. I try to do what’s best for our chapter.”

NBRPA MEMBERS ONLY: Register for NBA All-Star 2013

NBRPA MEMBERS: We are pleased to announce details for our activities during NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston, February 14-17. CLICK HERE to register now and view our full schedule of activities.

“The NBRPA and its members are proud and honored to be an integral part of NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston February 14-17,” said Arnie D. Fielkow, President & Chief Executive Officer for the NBRPA. “Working in conjunction with the NBA and our local Houston NBRPA Chapter, we have planned a number of star-studded, fun and philanthropic events for our members and the public alike. On behalf of the NBRPA’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank our members, sponsors and supporters for making such an impactful and enjoyable agenda possible.”

Members may purchase two tickets apiece to each NBA basketball event (including the 62nd NBA All-Star Game). In addition, each member is allotted two complimentary tickets to the 14th Annual Legends Brunch. Ticket availability is based on NBRPA membership type (with platinum members receiving priority) and the order in which ticket requests are received. Please make your ticket selections on the aforementioned registration page.

The official NBA Hotel for NBRPA Members is Hotel Derek, located at 2525 West Loop South in Houston. Hotel Derek sits adjacent to the Houston Galleria, the Uptown entertainment district, Texas Medical Center, and near to the city’s commercial and cultural districts. Hotel Derek will be a stop on the NBA’s transportation loop, so all members will have easy access to all events throughout the weekend.

For those arriving by air, Hobby (17 miles away) and Bush Intercontinental (25 miles away) airports are both close to Hotel Derek. Our preferred travel partner is Gil Travel and members may call Cindy Lamberg at 800-223 3855 x232 or email cindylamberg@giltravel.com for assistance in booking airfare.

For questions regarding your registration to NBA All-Star 2013, please call the NBRPA National Office at 312-913-9400 or EMAIL US. We will send additional communications highlighting specific NBRPA events – including golf tournament, receptions, community service and more – in the near future.

NBRPA Houston Chapter announces Legends All-Star Weekend events

NBRPA CEO Arnie Fielkow (far left) and NBRPA Houston Chapter President Major Jones (next to Fielkow) are presented with an American Flag in recognition of Community Service by United States Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee as Houston-affiliated NBRPA Members look on.

The NBRPA's Houston Chapter announced several events for the upcoming Legends All-Star Weekend in Houston February 14-17. Participating in the announcement were more than 20 Houston Legends, alongside, Arnie Fielkow, NBRPA CEO; Major Jones, NBRPA Houston Chapter President; Sheila Jackson-Lee, U.S. Congresswoman; El Franco Lee, Harris County Commissioner; Jerry Davis, City Council Member; Wanda Adams, City Council Member; and Janis Schmees, Executive Director, Houston Sports Authority.

Events for Legends All-Star Weekend include:

Thursday, Feb. 14:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GOLF INVITATIONAL Hosted by Houston Hall of Famers: Moses Malone; Clyde Drexler; Elvin Hayes; Calvin Murphy. Redstone Golf Club.

Friday, Feb. 15:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR “KIDS GET FIT” COMMUNITY BASKETBALL CLINIC CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Jack Yates High School.

Saturday, Feb. 16:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR “KIDS GET FIT” COMMUNITY BASKETBALL CLINICS CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston YET Center at Finnigan Park

LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL RED CARPET GALA Mercedes Benz Greenway

Activities will coincide with the exciting 62nd NBA All-Star Weekend, hosted in Houston for the third time, and will serve to celebrate the careers of the NBRPA members, commemorate the impact of African Americans in basketball for Black History Month, and give back to the community with programs for youth and initiatives with Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education Coalition.

NBRPA unveils logo for 2013 Legends All-Star Weekend in Houston

The NBRPA recently unveiled the logo for its 2013 Legends All-Star Weekend in Houston, February 14-17. In addition, the NBRPA Houston Chapter will announce its events for All-Star Weekend as part of a press conference on Thursday, October 18.

Details of the press announcement are as follows:

WHERE:
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER HOUSTON YET CENTER AT FINNIGAN PARK
4900 PROVIDENCE ST., HOUSTON, TX 77020

WHEN:
THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012
10 – 10:30 a.m.

WHO:
Arnie Fielkow, NBRPA CEO; Major Jones, NBRPA Houston Chapter President; Sheila Jackson-Lee, U.S. Congresswoman; El Franco Lee, Harris County Commissioner; Jerry Davis, City Council Member; Wanda Adams, City Council Member; and Janis Schmees, Executive Director, Houston Sports Authority will all make brief remarks. Phillis Wheatley High School girls and boys basketball teams and cheerleaders will entertain.

WHAT:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR WEEKEND LINE-UP:

Thursday, Feb. 14:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GOLF INVITATIONAL

Hosted by Houston Hall of Famers: Moses Malone; Clyde Drexler; Elvin Hayes; Calvin Murphy. Redstone Golf Club.

Friday, Feb. 15:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR “KIDS GET FIT” COMMUNITY

BASKETBALL CLINIC CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
Jack Yates High School.

Saturday, Feb. 16:
LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR “KIDS GET FIT” COMMUNITY
BASKETBALL CLINICS CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston YET Center at Finnigan Park

LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL RED CARPET GALA
Mercedes Benz Greenway

WHY:
Activities will coincide with the exciting 62nd NBA All-Star Weekend, hosted in Houston for the third time, and will serve to celebrate the careers of the NBRPA members, commemorate the impact of African Americans in basketball for Black History Month, and give back to the community with programs for youth and initiatives with Project Wet (Water Education for Teachers) and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Education Coalition.

 

NBRPA’s Houston Chapter delivers ‘Stay in School’ message

The Houston Chapter initiated its "Stay in School" and "Education is Fun" programs on May 30 by visiting two local schools -- Livi Fry Intermediate School and Blocker Middle School.

"We talked and interacted with over 1,800 students throughout the day about the importance education will play in their lives," said Houston Chapter President Major Jones. "We decided to make these school visits at the end of the school year so the students would have incentive to incorporate some type of reading and math into their summer activities. We will pop in to check on the students during summer school and be back during the fall to check on their progress."

Many of the students will participate in the Houston Chapter's basketball camps in July and  August.