CHASITY MELVIN NAMED 2017 NORTH CAROLINA SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

April 13, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official Alumni Association of NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters, wishes to congratulate our member and former Michael Justin Glenn Internship recipient Chasity Melvin on being named to the 2017 North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

“We are very proud of Chasity on her induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “On the court, Chasity is one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in the state’s history. Off the court, we were able to see first-hand how strong her work ethic was when she worked in our NBRPA offices last year as part of our Michael Justin Glenn Internship program. Chasity brought great energy and an overall warmth to our staff and we are just elated to see her honored with this great recognition.”

The Michael Justin Glenn Internship annually gives one NBRPA member the chance to work at the organization’s headquarters in Chicago to gain knowledge of sports administration and learn the inner-workings of the sports business industry. Melvin was the recipient of the internship in 2016.

Hailing from Roseboro, Melvin is a legend in the state of North Carolina. She was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1995 and a two-time All-ACC selection as well as a Kodak All-American at North Carolina State University. In addition to having her jersey retired at the school, she also holds the school’s Kennett Award as the top female student-athlete for 1998 and remains number one in freshman scoring for the Wolfpack. She was the MVP of the NCAA Eastern Regional in 1998 and a member of the All-NCAA Final Four team as well. She was a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team and was named one of the conference’s top 50 all-time athletes overall. NC State inducted her into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Following her college career, Melvin was drafted by the Cleveland Rockers in the 1999 WNBA Draft and enjoyed a stellar 12 year career where she played for the Rockers, Washington Mystics, and Chicago Sky. She has also played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain, Poland, Russia, and China.

“I'm honored to be inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame,” said Melvin. “It is very humbling to be chosen to join other great coaches and players that I idolized and dreamed of playing for or against as a young athlete. I appreciate this honor and the opportunity to go down in history. This award is special not just for me but everyone that has supported me over the years.”

Melvin currently resides in Raleigh where she is Director of Communications for the non-profit Kay Yow Cancer Fund and does independent basketball analyst work for ESPN3.

Melvin will be enshrined at the 54th Annual Banquet of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame exhibit is located on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh where Melvin’s accomplishments will now be showcased forever.

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.