The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, hosted the 8th Annual Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on July 17-19.
The conference proved to be very fun and valuable to all those who attended with workshops, meetings, and special events taking place throughout the three days. The NBRPA kicked off the LWSC 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 to develop ways to further strengthen programs that help former players transition to a successful life after basketball. The opening press conference also gave the opportunity to announce the NBRPA’s new agreement with the NBA. Through the agreement, the NBA will provide licensing funds to former players and operational funds the NBRPA utilizes to support player programming and opportunities.
Following the press conference and reception, the NBRPA hosted a 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.
As well throughout the day, members were able to take part in exclusive heart screening exams and hearing testing exams. Ear Q hosted the hearing testings and helped give members an emphasis on understanding their unique hearing needs while fitting them with the hearing aid system that will serve them best. The heart screening exams, due to partnership with the NBRPA, National Basketball Players Association and NBA, were able to give members an important opportunity to take a pro-active approach in their healthcare.
Day two of the LWSC kicked off with the Legends Breakfast in the morning followed by a Members Meeting. Special presentations and awards were given and NBRPA President & CEO Arnie Fielkow highlighted that this year’s conference was by far the most attended in NBRPA history.
Following the meeting, members had the chance to attend a variety of workshops that proved to be very valuable. The workshops provided members with the chance to gain knowledge on technology, broadcasting, public speaking, health and wellness, wealth management, entrepreneurial business, coaching, careers in sports, career transition, continuing education, social media, philanthropic fundraising and more.
All throughout the three days, the NBRPA welcomed members, family and staff to the Legends Lounge. At the lounge, members were able to pick up an assortment of goods as well as stop and visit with valued partners at booths from Kaplan University, Rebound Magazine, EarQ, Reel Media Group, NASA, DirtySixer, Wells Fargo, School Yard All Stars and Ancestry.com.
Wells Fargo helped host two special events throughout the conference: the Legends Ladies Event, featuring Dr. Corey Hebert, and the Entrepreneurs Summit, featuring Pat Burke, Guy Digino, Eric McGill (representing NASA) and Mandy Antoniacci. At the Ladies Event, Dr. Hebert gave the ladies a heart to heart talk on living well despite inescapable illnesses and diseases. While at the Entrepreneurs Summit, the established panel taught members how to start or improve their entrepreneurships and gave lessons in starting businesses, trends in sports business, and more.
After three great days of NBRPA members having the opportunity to learn, network and attend seminars at the Legends World Sports Conference, the Farewell Breakfast brought a close to the NBRPA’s annual retreat. At the breakfast, the NBRPA also took the time to recognize members of the WNBA and the Harlem Globetrotters. It was a fitting way to end a productive 2016 Legends World Sports Conference as all NBRPA staff, members and guests united as one to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and to set forth ways to continue to grow it going forward.
“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 had 140 members here for the Legends World Sports Conference which is by far the most we have ever had. Las Vegas opened its arms to the NBRPA over the years and we are very grateful for that.”
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.