Janssen Pharmaceuticals

CHICAGO – Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Janssen), a leading brand within the Johnson & Johnson family, and the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) announced a partnership on February 14, 2017 that made Janssen the exclusive pharmaceutical partner of the association. Janssen brands such as Xarelto is integrated into marketing and program initiatives across the NBRPA throughout its 25th Year Anniversary Celebration.

The NBRPA provides a strategic platform for Janssen to create initiatives and programming that communicate the importance of physical health and wellness. Specifically, Janssen aims to transform individual lives and fundamentally change the way diseases are managed, interpreted and prevented. Janssen’s Xarelto brand has an established presence within the basketball community through its ad campaign featuring the legendary Jerry West.

Janssen kicked-off its engagement with the NBRPA as the presenting sponsor of the All-Star Breakfast on February 18 at the Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA. The breakfast was co-hosted by Athletes in Action, and honored former NBA Coach and GM Randy Pfund with the 2017 Jerry Colangelo Award, named in honor of the Basketball Hall of Famer and former CEO of the Phoenix Suns and current Chairman of USA Basketball. The award is given to someone who exemplifies being a professional both on and off the court by showing strong character, integrity, and leadership. Also,12-year NBA veteran Mike James was honored with the 2017 Bobby Jones Award, named after former All-Star Bobby Jones, and is annually given to a current or former NBA player exhibiting exceptional integrity and service both on and off the court.

Additionally, Janssen will have a strong presence at the NBRPA’s Legends World Sports Conference 2017, wherein hands on seminars and learning will occur on-site in Cabo San Lucas.

With the support of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, NBRPA events like the All-Star Breakfast are made possible. Janssen Pharmaceuticals strives to provide access to effective and affordable medicines and related healthcare services to the people who need them and is proud to help present such a positive event. The NBRPA is excited to partner with Janssen and work collaboratively for the benefit of all former players.

For more information, contact NBRPA Senior Vice President of Partnership and Business Development Scott Rochelle at 847-736-1328 or srochelle@legendsofbasketball.com.

NBRPA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AT THE NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

NEW ORLEANS – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official alumni association of former NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters players, elected this past weekend its 2017 Corporate Officers for the coming year, with former Vice Chair Dwight Davis as new Chairman.

Other officers include 9-year NBA Veteran and Fox Sports South analyst Mike Glenn as Vice Chair; Casey Shaw, NBA alum and Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach, as Treasurer; and Nancy Lieberman, Naismith Hall of Famer and Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings, returns as Secretary.

“This is a great way to cap another incredible NBA All-Star Weekend, especially at a time where this organization founded to serve the men and women who created today’s basketball, are doing so much to promote excellence and equality through sportsmanship all over the world,” said incoming Chair Davis, whose extensive history of public service in New Hampshire has earned statewide recognition. “I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve as Chair of the NBRPA. Over the past six years the bar has been raised incredibly high. It is my intention to move our mission even further forward.”

“I am extremely honored to represent all members of the NBRPA,” said incoming Vice Chair Mike Glenn. “I am grateful they have shown their trust in me by awarding this opportunity. I look forward to expanding our influence and sharing the inspirational stories and wisdom of my constituency.”

“As we enter the 25th year of the greatest sports alumni association in the world, I not only leave the organization in good hands, but with men and women ready to carry out a vision to help players transition from the court and continue to serve their community,” said retiring Chair Thurl Bailey, a 12-year NBA veteran. The NBRPA membership is comprised of nearly 900 former players.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as Treasurer of the NBRPA and excited to have the opportunity to continue to play a small role in advancing our two-fold mission,” said Mr. Shaw. “Having served on the finance committee for the last three years. I have been privileged to see the growth and direction our association has taken in helping former players transition and in community outreach. I am looking forward to continuing to serve our members and strive to grow our great organization.”

Said Ms. Lieberman, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the members of the NBRPA. We look forward to tremendous success going forward for all that we represent.”

Other NBRPA Directors are Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman, and Eldridge Recasner.
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 and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Dwight Davis, Vice Chairman Mike Glenn, Treasurer Casey Shaw, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr. Flying Across Baltimore with the Blue Angels

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr is no stranger to traveling all over the world in aircrafts but on Friday October 14, 2016 he experienced the friendly skies courtesy of the Blue Angels.  The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 making them the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world.  The Blue Angels 6 demonstration pilots fly McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
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Choo Smith has spent the last 12 years working with the youth and serving the community.  As one of the faces of the Visit Baltimore campaign Choo was nominated as a “Key Influencer” for the work he does in Baltimore with the youth.  The Blue Angels reviewed all of the submissions and has recognized Choo Smith as a “Key Influencer”.

As one of the 3 Key Influencers Choo received the opportunity of a lifetime.  Choo took a 40-minute flight with Lt. Tyler Davies of the Blue Angles.  An experience that many people would love to have had.

Prior to entering the aircraft Choo received flight training on how to handle all of the “G” forces he will experience by Seven Crew Chief Josh Wilburn.  Choo Along with WBAL News Reporter Omar Jimenez, and Luke Rettig with College Bound Foundation received a crash course on how not to black out.

Choo’s flight took place on Friday October 14, 2016 at Martins State Airport during Fleet Week.  Choo stated in a comment prior to taking off “This is serious!!  You got to be in shape to do this.”  Lt. Tyler Davies took Choo on a 40-minute full speed, loops, turns and acrobatics flight.  An experience Choo said he will never forget.  Choo said “I always respected military pilots… but today I have a whole new appreciation for the shape they have to be in to be a Blue Angel.”

WELLS FARGO HOSTS LEGENDS LADIES EVENT AT NBRPA LEGENDS WORLD SPORTS CONFERENCE

NBRPA partner Wells Fargo held a special Legends Ladies Event during the Legends World Sports Conference today. At the event, Dr. Corey Hebert gave a presentation to the woman on “What is a Healthy Woman?”

With champagne in tow, Dr. Hebert gave the ladies a heart to heart talk on living well despite inescapable illnesses and diseases.

He also wowed the audience with food facts that had the women laughing, shrieking and debating in astonishment. Ultimately, all of them were grateful for his insight and tips.

Among the illnesses Dr. Hebert lectured about included heart disease, cancer, and irregular cholesterol. The event proved to be a huge success and provided great insight to the attendees.

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 and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.

OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE AND SUNDAY RECEPTION

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, kicked off the 8th Annual Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with their Opening Press Conference and Legends Welcome Reception on Sunday night.
 
The conference and reception featured NBRPA board of directors, members and partners to discuss the NBRPA’s mission and charitable events both domestic and aboard, and develop ways to further strengthen programs that help former players transition to a successful life after basketball.
 
“These are some very exciting times for the organization,” said NBRPA Board Chairman Thurl Bailey. “We have made a lot of strides in many years due to our leaders and we’ve had some great partners along the way.”
 
“We have a lot to be proud of,” said NBRPA Vice Chairman Dwight Davis. “Sometimes we sit back and are amazed because we never thought we would get the organization to where it is today.”
 
“The success and accomplishments the NBRPA has is a result of a collective group including the board of directors, chapter presidents and members,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie Fielkow. “We have 140 members here for the Legends World Sports Conference which is by far the most we have ever had. Las Vegas has opened its arms to the NBRPA over the years and we are very grateful for that.”
 
Following the press conference, members and guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages at the reception and used the opportunity to catch up with old friends and teammates.
 
At the reception, Fielkow  proudly remarked about the WNBA’s growth in NBRPA involvement in recent years, going from 10 members to 45 in the span of a few years.
On hand at the reception was wife of NBRPA Chapter Houston President Major Jones Renee Jones who announced the formation of the National Basketball Wives Association, formerly Behind the Bench.
 
Following the reception, the NBRPA hosted the private screening of "Full Court" The Spencer Haywood Story. The film chronicles Hall of Famer and NBRPA member Spencer Haywood and takes a look at Haywood’s personal and professional struggles along with the civil rights struggles of the time. Haywood and the film’s producers were on hand to share their experience on making the film and give their first-hand accounts of how the project came together.
 
KLAS-TV (CBS Las Vegas) was on hand to cover the event and spoke to NBRPA members about the importance of the Legends World Sports Conference. Also on hand was author/journalist Sam Smith of ChicagoBulls.com who took the time to speak with many of the legends who made this game about their playing days in the NBA including Dick Barnett and Spencer Haywood and journalist Rebecca Theim who spoke to NBRPA leaders about the organization and current events going on in the country and the organization’s involvement in bringing people together.
 
The Legends World Sports Conference continues Monday with the Legends Breakfast, Members Meeting, Breakout Sessions, Legends Ladies Event and much more.
 
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 and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.
 
 

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LEGENDS INTERVIEW: ARMINTIE HERRINGTON

NBRPA writer Jon Teitel has spent time talking with many of the greatest players in WNBA history and will share his interviews at LegendsofBasketball.com. Jon visited with Armintie Herrington about getting a triple-double and being named WNBA ROY.

Armintie Herrington is simply able to do things that regular people cannot do because she is such an amazing athlete. In high school she scored 51 PTS in a basketball state title game and was also a 15-time state champion in track. At the University of Mississippi she was an All-American and led the entire country in SPG. In the WNBA she was named ROY and made the playoffs for 7 straight years, and since she decided to retire this past September we wish her a happy and healthy future!
 

In 2003 you set a state tourney scoring record with 45 PTS in the semifinals before winning a Class 1A state basketball title at Myrtle High School: what did it mean to you to win a title? It meant a lot to me: I actually broke my own record by scoring 51 PTS in the finals. I knew that I had to give all I had so that all our hard work did not go to waste. It is in the record book forever and we will never forget it.

 In addition to basketball you were also a 15-time state track champion: which sport did you enjoy the most, and why did you end up choosing hoops over track at the University of Mississippi? I loved running: the long jump was also 1 of my favorites. I also did the hurdles…but never learned to jump them correctly! I wanted to focus my time on basketball, and practice was so grueling that at the time I did not think my body could take it if I had done them both. Looking back I wish that I could have done a couple of track events in college as well, but I decided to just do 1 thing at a time.

In December of 2006 you recorded the 2nd triple-double in school history with 34 PTS/15 REB/12 STL vs. Illinois: where does that rank among the best all-around games of your career? I was just at a speaking engagement at my alma mater and someone brought it up. I really wanted to win that game because it would help us in the rankings, and I was just feeling it that night. I got to a point where I was exhausted and came out of the game, and 1 of our assistants said that I was only a couple of STL away from our coach’s school record. I popped right up and said I wanted to go back in the game, and after the game we were all laughing about it. The triple-double was just an extra bonus, and looking back at it now I realize that I must have been pretty good to do something like that!

As a senior you were named All-American after leading your team with 18.1 PPG/4.8 APG: how did you balance your scoring with your passing? I am not sure: I just wanted to be a complete player rather than a selfish player who does too much. I had to find a way to get my teammates involved because I could not score all of the points myself, so I tried to make the correct pass and not be a 1-woman show.

How on earth did you end up with almost 1200 REB despite standing only 5’9”?! I think it was just the talent that God gave me in terms of running/jumping. I did not pick up a basketball until the 8th grade, and then picked up the competitive instinct and pushed my ability to be the best that I could.

You were a 2-time SEC DPOY, led the nation with 3.8 SPG in 2007, and your 403 STL remains the most in school history: what is the secret to being a great defender? I learned a lot from Coach Carol Ross, who wanted me to be great. She built my confidence so that I felt that I was the best player in the world. She taught me to never let my teammates down and just be the best, so I felt untouchable. If you build a player’s confidence, then they can prepare like a champion.

You were drafted #3 overall by Chicago in the 2007 WNBA Draft: did you see that as a validation of your college career, or the realization of a lifelong dream of reaching the pros, or other? It was a blessing and something that I had never dreamed of. My mom raised 5 kids and I was the 1st to go to college, so thank God it was free. I remember sitting at the table when they announced my name and my 1st words were, “Oh me oh my!” I could not believe it but was so grateful that Chicago recognized my talent.

You finished that season by being named WNBA ROY: how were you able to make such a smooth transition from college to the pros? My coach wanted to make sure I went in and played hard and was a winner. I played fearless and treated each practice as though I might get cut later that day. I played my hardest and gave it my all, but also made sure to have fun and enjoy the moment.

What are your memories of the 2010 WNBA Finals as a player for Atlanta (you lost the series 2-1 to Seattle with all 3 games being decided by 3 PTS or less)? I was nervous to play an awesome Seattle team with Lauren Jackson/Sue Bird: we had more talent but they were more seasoned. We made it to the Finals many times but just could not win a ring. When you think about the stars you watch in college and then end up playing with some of them as teammates in the pros, you have to erase the memories of them being almost like your enemies during college. The best part was the relationships I built with the players/coaches: I would not trade it for anything.

In September you announced your retirement: why did you decide to call it quits, and what do you hope to do in the future? When I came home after the All-Star break it was the 1st time that I missed my life/husband/family. I had to deal with some surgery last year and wanted to become more involved with my church, so after I returned to Washington I started to think about it and it hit me like never before. I played out the year but my heart was not 100% into it with the goal of being a champion. I gave my all for 9 seasons and accomplished a lot, but after fulfilling my purpose I wanted to stay healthy and find a job and feel great about myself. I do not know if coaching is in my future: I did it for a few years at my alma mater and liked it, but right now I enjoy my work as a TV/radio color analyst for the basketball team. It would be great to be a mentor to ladies to show them what lies ahead after basketball is over. Nothing is set in place for the future, but I am grateful to be back at Ole Miss.

NBRPA HOSTS EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR WITH DR. SEAN CAVANAUGH FOR ITS MEMBERS

Sean Cavanaugh1The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, hosted an exclusive special presentation by Dr. Sean X. Cavanaugh, MD DABR, to its members about the dangers of prostate cancer and what they can do to pro-actively fight the disease.

Cavanaugh is the director of the Genitourinary Center for Advanced Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America ®. He also blogs at cancercenter.com with tips, suggestions and critical information about prostate cancer.

Dr. Cavanaugh presented an hour webinar to NBRPA members of facts and tips for dealing with prostate cancer. After the special presentation, NBRPA members were able to ask direct questions to Cavanaugh.

Some facts provided by Dr. Cavanaugh that men should take into consideration include:

• Over 233,000 prostate cancer cases are diagnosed per year.
• The disease makes up 28% of all non-skin male cancers
• 29,500 (13%) men die from prostate cancer per year
• 99.2% of men survived the disease for cases diagnosed in 2003-2009 due to early detection
• Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men
• Prostate cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer overall
• About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
• African Americans are the most at risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer can be detected during rectal examination and men over the age of 40 are encouraged to get it checked. Treatment options include surgery and robotic surgery, Brachytherapy (temporary and permanent implants), and external beam radiation therapy (IMRT, SBRT, Protons, X-Rays, etc.).

After the special presentation, NBRPA members were able to direct questions to Dr. Cavanaugh. The NBRPA is happy to continue its special partnership with Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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.

JONES FAMILY FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) members Oliver, Melvin, Wilbert, Caldwell, Major and Charles Jones were recently inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

But despite their active lifestyle of playing basketball and staying healthy, genetics were not in their favor in one particular matter: Caldwell, Major, Oliver and their brother Clinton were diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The odds were always against them. Their father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 75. Caldwell became the first of the brothers to be diagnosed himself at the age of 48. When the doctor told Caldwell the increased risk of other family members being diagnosed with disease, the brothers made it a point to get checked on amongst them as well.

Luckily they did because they were able to catch the cancer in its early stages. Early detection is a critical key in beating cancer. Because of their pro-active measures, all four brothers are now cancer free.

But their fight did not end there. The Jones Brothers make a collaborative effort to utilize their successful recoveries and resources to make prostate cancer a better-understood disease.

Read more here

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.

MIKE GLENN AND HIS FOUNDATION HELPING TO GIVE BACK

After a ten-year career in professional basketball, National Basketball Retired Players Association member Mike Glenn is still contributing to the game on and off the court in a variety of ways.

Following his retirement, Glenn worked as the Atlanta Hawks' color commentator from 1992–2005 and currently serves as the Hawks' pregame and postgame analyst. Glenn also started The Mike Glenn Foundation, a non-profit organization that does a variety of major projects, to help give back to the youth. His foundation annually holds The Mike Glenn’s All-Star Basketball Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth, which is now in its 36th year.

On October 3, Glenn unveiled a literary and pictorial display of his historical collection of rare American History and Sports History books, newspapers and magazines with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Stonecrest Library in Lithonia, Georgia. The exhibit will be on display throughout the entire month of October.

As well, Glenn’s Foundation honored local and long distance sports heroes at The Tom Molineaux Award Banquet at the Lions of Judah Event Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The banquet is named after former boxer Tom Mollineaux, who was the first great American athlete to compete for a world title.

The NBRPA salutes Glenn for his contributions to the youth and community and encourage all sports fans to witness his historical collection. For more information about Glenn and his great foundation can be found at www.mikeglenn.com.
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.