NBRPA TO AWARD 40 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

NBRPA TO AWARD 40 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AS PART OF ITS
CORNERSTONE DAVE DEBUSSCHERE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Higher education scholarships will be awarded to eligible members, spouses, children and grandchildren.

CHICAGO – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, will award 40 scholarships of more than $3000 apiece for higher education to NBRPA Members and their spouses, children and grandchildren. A cornerstone program of the NBRPA, the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $1.5 million in higher education funds to members and their families, and also puts educational grants into communities.

The annual DeBusschere Scholarship output to NBRPA Members and their families has increased substantially due to an exciting new component of the program designed to provide additional educational funds to support low-income scholarship recipients – the Earl Lloyd Scholarship. Named in honor of recently-departed NBRPA Member Earl Lloyd, the NBA’s first African American to play in a regular season NBA game, this new enhancement to the DeBusschere Scholarship is funded by an annual, restricted gift of $50,000 from the NBA Legends Foundation to the NBRPA in order to provide significant financial support to low income recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship.

“Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “A college degree can open many doors in life after basketball and we are proud to not only offer higher education scholarships to our members through the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund, but also their spouses, children and grandchildren. The Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund is a flagship program for the NBRPA and clearly shows how this organization serves its members and their families.”

The 2015 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Winners are:

Asiah Avent
Andrea Brown
Aharown Campbell
Tiana Colter
Samuel Corzine
Alana Davidson
Keith Edmonson
Mallory Fredericks
Michael Glenn
Michael Inniger
Damon Jones
Landon Jones
Maya Jones
Zori Jones
Anthony Keeling
Mason Kite
Mollie Kite
Taylor Kite
Alexander Leavell
Amanda Leavell
Tucker Love
Danielle McCormick
Jake McDowell
Camille Range
Sydney Recasner
John Rinaldi
Samuel Roberts
Sophie Roberts
Chanel Stephens
Justin Stith
McKenzie Stock
Conner Toolson
Dallin Toolson
Evelyn Von Nieda
Tristan Von Nieda
Marcus Walker
Jack Wier
Rikardo Williams
Caleb Wood
Josiah Wood

“On behalf of the NBRPA Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate all of our 2015 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship winners,” said NBRPA Board Member Thurl Bailey, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We wish all of our scholarship students the best of luck this fall and commend them for their hard work.”

About the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund
The NBRPA strongly believes every member of its extended basketball family should have access to higher education, regardless of his or her financial status. To do its part in furthering this goal, the NBRPA established the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund more than a decade ago in honor of the late Dave DeBusschere, an NBA Champion, All-Star and NBRPA Founder. The DeBusschere Fund provides financial support to eligible NBRPA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren pursuing degrees in higher education.

The scholarship’s namesake, Dave DeBusschere, enjoyed a prolific career as an NBA player. Shortly after his passing in 2003, DeBusschere’s children established this program under the NBRPA umbrella. As a player, DeBusschere dominated on the court for 12 seasons, earning two championship rings with the New York Knicks, eight NBA All-Star Game appearances and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

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Saving Lives Of Children with Sickle Cell Anemia in Haiti

 

The Need

Haiti has a population of over 10 million people, the vast majority of whom are descendants of people from West Africa. It is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, with an adjusted net annual per capita income of $781. One in 13 children die before their fifth birthday. It is a tragedy and arguably a moral outrage when children die needlessly. Sadly, children with sickle cell anemia are dying needlessly in Haiti, which has a high prevalence of this inherited disease. In Haiti, until now, a sense of fatalism concerning sickle cell anemia has become a self-fulfilling prophecy – children with sickle cell anemia rarely survive infancy. Ironically, they die of an infectious complication of their disease that could be easily prevented – pneumonia. There ought to be about many patients with sickle cell anemia in Haiti and it is calculated that about 1600 new children are born every year with this disease. In reality, they are rarely seen because of the elevated childhood mortality.

The Opportunity

In 2016, for the first time ever, Haiti will launch a vaccine campaign against the germ which causes pneumonia. This means that Haiti’s children with sickle cell anemia will have a chance for survival. However, Haiti’s doctors and nurses have received no training in how to screen for, diagnose or treat sickle cell anemia or its complications. The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has operated sickle cell centers in Miami for decades. In addition, in partnership with Haitian and American nongovernmental organizations has a two decade track record of success in working with Haitian health providers to improve the health of the Haitian people. We therefore have the capacity to train Haitian doctors and nurses and to institute pilot programs to screen, diagnose and treat children with sickle cell anemia. We are looking for organizations and individuals of goodwill who would like to join in this cause. For further information, please contact Dr. Ofelia Alvarez (oalvarez2@med.miami.edu) or call the Pediatric Advancement Office at 305-243-3956.

NBRPA AND KIVA RECOVERY LAUNCH SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM FOR FORMER PLAYERS

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, announced Kiva Recovery as the organization’s new substance abuse education and treatment partner. As part of this key new partnership and program, Kiva will provide a number of services to NBRPA Members and their families.

“It’s well-documented that the transition from the playing court into life after basketball isn’t easy – for our members or their families,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “With that in mind, we felt it very important for a state-of-industry partner to join the NBRPA family as a trusted, private agency equipped to deal with former players or their family members that are battling drug and/or alcohol addiction.”

Based in suburban Chicago just a few miles from the NBRPA National Office, Kiva Recovery is a clinical treatment center dedicated to replacing addiction with solution-focused, growth-oriented strategies focusing 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.

Through its outreach and assessment process, Kiva will supportively direct members and their families to the most appropriate level of service based on their global health and clinical needs. All levels of service will be available to NBRPA  Members and their families as part of the partnership.

In addition to the consultation and treatment process, Kiva will educate NBRPA Members and their families on substance abuse issues with online webinars,  in-person seminars at NBRPA events and a permanent, customized portal at LegendsofBasketball.com. Kiva will also work with an NBRPA Member that has overcome addiction to become the program’s ambassador in order to truly entrench this important partnership and program in the NBRPA family.

"Retired athletes may find themselves facing substance abuse issues for a number of reasons.  Some may have become reliant on opiates used to manage the pain or injury during their playing days and the chronic pain that continues when they leave the court. Others may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the depression and anxiety of adjusting to retirement," says David Bohl, Executive Director of Kiva Recovery. "Given their high profile reputation they often feel they have nowhere to turn for help. Our partnership with NBRPA gives retired players a safe, private and confidential place to get the consultation, treatment, and support they need to overcome their addictions."

Finalists – 2015 Karl Malone “Power Forward of the Year” Award

Finalists for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award were announced today. The award, in its inaugural year, is named after Malone – a NBRPA member and one of the best power forwards in the history of basketball. The award recognizes the top power forward in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. This year’s finalists are:

2015 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award presented by cConnect

Perry Ellis, University of Kansas

Montrezl Harrell, University of Louisville

David Laury, Iona College

Georges Niang, Iowa State University

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga University

Finalists – 2015 Julius Erving “Small Forward of the Year” Award

Finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award were announced today. The award, in its inaugural year, is named after Erving – a NBRPA member and one of the best small forwards in the history of basketball. The award recognizes the top small forward in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. This year’s finalists are:

2015 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Finalists

Justin Anderson, University of Virginia 

Sam Dekker, University of Wisconsin

LaDontae Henton, Providence College 

Stanley Johnson, University of Arizona

Justise Winslow, Duke University

Finalts – 2015 Jerry West “Shooting Guard of the Year” Award

Finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award were announced today. The award, in its inaugural year, is named after West – a NBRPA member and one of the best shooting guards in the history of basketball. The award recognizes the top shooting guard in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. This year’s finalists are:

2015 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Finalists

Ron Baker, Wichita State University

Jerian Grant, University of Notre Dame

Tyler Haws, Brigham Young University

Buddy Hield, University of Oklahoma

D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State University

STATEMENT FROM THE NBRPA ON THE PASSING OF HALL OF FAMER EARL LLOYD

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, today issued the following statement on the passing of Earl Lloyd.

“The National Basketball Retired Players Association extends condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of our fallen brother, Earl Lloyd.

On Halloween night in 1950, Earl forever changed the game of basketball when he became the first African-American player to take the court in a regular-season NBA game. A rugged power forward, Earl was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inn 2003 after a solid NBA career in which he averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games through nine seasons. He helped the Syracuse Nationals to the 1955 NBA Championship and coached the Detroit Pistons from 1971-1972

Earl Lloyd was much more than a basketball player. He was a leader, a pioneer, a soldier (missing the 1951-52 season while serving the United States Army), a husband, a father and for those of us lucky enough to know him through the NBRPA, a true friend. Modest and willing to share his story with anyone when asked, Earl offered a vivid window into our nation’s segregated past and personified change in this country. A truly historic figure in American history has passed and we will miss Earl Lloyd dearly.”

2015 Jerry West Award Candidates Announced

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The award, in its inaugural year, is named after West – a NBRPA member and one of the best shooting guards in the history of basketball. The award recognizes the top shooting guard in NCAA Division I men’s college basketball. This year’s candidates include:

Ron Baker - Wichita State University

James Blackmon Jr. - University of Indiana

Malcolm Brogdon - University of Virginia

Jerian Grant - University of Notre Dame

D’Angelo Harrison - St. John’s University

Tyler Harvey - Eastern Washington University

Tyler Haws - Brigham Young University

Buddy Hield - University of Oklahoma

Trevor Lacey - North Carolina State University

E.C. Matthews - University of Rhode Island

Sheldon McClellan - University of Miami

Chasson Randle - Stanford University

D’Angelo Russell - Ohio State University

Marcus Thornton - College of William & Mary

Rashad Vaughn - UNLV

Joseph Young - University of Oregon

LexacyXChange.com Partners with NBRPA to Offer Authenticated Memorabilia

BOCA RATON, FL--(February 12, 2015) - True2Beauty, Inc., (OTC Pink: TRTB) a company that will soon be launching an online retailing platform through its LegacyXChange, Inc. subsidiary and the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, today announced an innovative new partnership with TRTB’s wholly owned subsidiary, LegacyXChange.com. LegacyXChange.com is a soon-to-be-released, online platform for trading collectables and memorabilia using scientific marking systems to control authenticity and establish chain of custody. LegacyXChange.com will launch its new partnership with the NBRPA’s Legends of Basketball during NBA All-Star 2015, held on February 13-15, in New York City.

“The memorabilia business has grown in leaps and bounds over the past several decades and the NBRPA is proud to work with hundreds of members that achieved lifelong popularity and marketability through their prowess on the basketball court,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “As an association, we try to find opportunities for our members to safely market themselves and we believe the soon-to-be-offered technology offered by LegacyXChange.com will help eliminate fraud in the memorabilia business and open doors for our former players to authentically offer their branded materials to consumers.”

During the upcoming All-Star Weekend, LegacyXChange.com will spend time attending NBRPA events – getting to know the men and women that make up membership of the preeminent alumni association for professional basketball. TRTB will meet with NBRPA Legends on a group level and spend time with key leaders in order to gain insights that will help TRTB expand its customized authentication policies in order to maximize revenues for all parties involved.

About TRTB and LegacyXchange.com.
TRTB is developing a proof of concept for a unique DNA-based and rare earth mineral authentication and chain of custody solution to enable collectibles, memorabilia, and items perceived with high intrinsic value to be traded, to be marked and tracked in order to ensure authenticity and chain of custody. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, LegacyXChange.com, TRTB intends to establish and launch an online platform for trading collectables and memorabilia in the first half of 2015. To learn more about True2Beauty, please visit www.true2beauty.com.

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