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.

 

NBRPA Orlando Chapter President Tree Rollins named assistant coach for WNBA club

The Chicago Sky named former NBA star Wayne “Tree” Rollins assistant coach, announced head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman. Rollins replaces Jeff House who will join the University of Kentucky as assistant coach of women’s basketball.

Tree brings a wealth of experience on so many different levels. Coupled with his ability to communicate and relate to players, I think he will immediately enhance our basketball organization. Simply put, he's passionate about the game, which comes as no surprise when you look at his basketball pedigree,” said Chatman.

Rollins had a successful 18-year NBA career, playing for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. In Rollins’ 1,156 game appearances, he averaged 2.2 blocked shots per game and received NBA All-Defensive First and Second Team honors. He currently ranks ninth all-time in career blocked shots (2,542).

"I'm looking forward to joining a staff that is well organized, hardworking and tremendous with players. I am also excited to bring my brand of basketball to the Sky as I will have the opportunity to work in all facets of the game,” said Rollins.

Along with his experience on the court, Rollins has had an extensive coaching career. He has served as assistant coach to the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers. In 2002, he was named head coach of the NBA D-League franchise the Greenville Groove. Rollins joined the Washington Mystics as assistant coach in 2006 before being named head coach in 2007.

NBRPA Member Adonal Foyle publishes first children’s book

Basketball Fans and NBRPA Members: I am proud to announce that I have just published my first book – Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game! It is the first of a series based on my journey to the NBA. The series targets kids aged from 3 to 8 years, and will delight young & old with beautiful pictures by Toni Pawlowsky and interesting stories highlighting important life lessons such as never give up, dream big, study hard, tolerance and much more.

Please support me by buying the book:
1) Amazon.com (search for Too-TallFoyle)
2) www.AdonalFoyle.com/store.shtml - also selling autographed copies.
3) eBook versions for Kindle, Nook, iBooks & more coming soon
Bulk pricing is available by contacting Shiyana at svalentine@AdonalFoyle.com.

I am hosting two online book launch parties on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. EST & PST. Join me as I read from the book aloud and answer your questions. The parties are free to attend, you just need to register at the following links:

1) EST 6:30pm, May 8 Online Launch Party: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E955DB8487463C
2) PST 6:30pm, May 8 Online Launch Party: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=E955DB86834C3C

* Learn more at http://www.TooTallFoyle.com.
* Like my book on Facebook: http://www.fb.com/TooTallFoyle

Please spread the word and buy copies for your kids, grand-kids, nieces/nephews, god-kids, and friends' & neighbors' kids!

Thanks,
Adonal

PS: A portion of the proceeds will benefit my Kerosene Lamp Foundation (www.KLFkids.org)!

Thanks,

Adonal Foyle
13-Year NBA Veteran
Platinum Member of the National Basketball Retired Players Association

AUDIO VAULT: Former NBA player & head coach Sam Vincent on Sports Byline USA

Sam Vincent, the NBRPA's Director of Chapter Development, talked hoops with Ron Barr of Sports Byline USA on May 16, 2012. Vincent discussed his playing career in high school, college and the NBA, as well as his coaching career in the NBA and overseas.

SEGMENT 1: Sam Vincent with Ron Barr

SEGMENT 2: Sam Vincent with Ron Barr