The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) celebrated its 2015 Legends Fantasy Weekend Nov. 20-22 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut to very successful results.
The special weekend started off on Friday, November 20 at the Hall of Fame Tip Off Banquet hosted by ESPN’s College Basketball Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Picozzi. NBRPA members and staff, Hall of Fame legends, and coaches and players from Purdue, Florida, St. Joseph’s, Old Dominion, Buffalo, Niagara, North Carolina A&T and Vermont all gathered for a great dinner. Rick Barry spoke to the teams and left them all inspired with his words of wisdom as he gave them guidance on bringing as much passion to their school obligations as they do on the basketball court. Coaches from the eight programs had a round table discussion talking about the importance of this weekend for their student athletes and at the end of the night, the NBRPA members and basketball legends were highlighted and given a standing ovation for their impact on and off the court.
The NBRPA Members Breakfast kicked off a busy Saturday where members from our association were able to catch up and socialize with one another and hear a special presentation from Tower Strategic Group, LLC. Following the breakfast, the annual men’s college tip-off tournament hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame was underway with the stars of tomorrow. During the tournament, the Basketball Hall of Fame hosted a special halftime presentation spotlighting NBRPA members participating in the weekend’s events.
Saturday night ended with the NBRPA’s premier event, the Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala, featuring a star-studded line-up of remarkable players. The gala helped to raise funds for the NBRPA’s Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund and other charitable partners. At the gala, basketball legends and other non-basketball luminaries were honored for the philanthropic contributions they have given in their respective fields:
• John Starks was awarded with the Moses Malone NBRPA Service Award for his foundation’s work that provides community programs focused on furthering the educational, recreational, and career development of children and families.
• Katrina Adams was awarded with the Earl Lloyd Trailblazer Award for her contributions and significant achievements to the sport of tennis.
• Jalen Rose was awarded with the Dave DeBusschere Education Award for his academy’s work which gives life-changing opportunities for underprivileged youth through the development of Detroit programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations.
• Mannie Jackson was awarded with the Marques Haynes Humanitarian Award for his exceptional charitable and philanthropic actions through his program and as former chairman and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters.
• Lenny Wilkens was awarded with the Naismith Legend of Philanthropy Award for his foundation’s work on supporting healthcare and education for all children regardless of their financial means.
• Leah Chase was awarded with the Darryl Dawkins Big Heart Award for her significant contributions to education, creative and culinary arts and social justice for over four decades.
The night was a huge success and raised notable funds for the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship. Members of the NBRPA had a great time and remarked how much they look forward to continuing this rising annual tradition.
The weekend concluded on Sunday, November 22 with the final round of the Hall of Fame tip-off tournament where Purdue defeated the University of Florida 85-70.
“The NBRPA’s second annual Legends Fantasy Weekend was an amazing success and wonderful showcase of the great athletes and leaders who continue to contribute both on and off the court. We are very thankful to Mohegan Sun for being a great host and we look forward to continuing to partner with them for this special weekend”- said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow
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.
About Mohegan Sun
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