FULL COURT PRESS 2017

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NBRPA AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
2017 FULL COURT PRESS YOUTH BASKETBALL AND MENTORING

– 2017 Program Teams Up with Jr. NBA for Basketball Clinics Across the Country –

CHICAGO, ILL. – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official alumni association for former NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters players, will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to more than 15 cities this year in continuance with its partnership with the Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth.

The Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a single-day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 8-18, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to support the development of participating young people both on-and off-the-court through basketball instruction, mentoring roundtables and an innovative life skills curriculum. The NBRPA, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, established the program four years ago and has held more than 50 clinics.

Program dates scheduled for 2017 so far include:

April 1 – Farmingdale, NJ
May 6 – Dallas, TX
May 13 – Atlanta, GA
June 3 – Richmond, VA
June 24* – New York, NY
July 11 – San Diego, CA
July 15 – Las Vegas, NV
July 29 – Philadelphia, PA
August 5 – Detroit, MI
August 10 – Lexington, KY
August 12 – Louisville, KY
September 9 – Springfield, MA
September 16 – Minneapolis, MN
September 30* – Los Angeles, CA
October 10 – Oklahoma City, OK
October 28 – Tampa, FL

*All dates and locations subject to change

“The Full Court Press: Prep for Success program continuously yields great results for youth,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “We are excited to have our members and partners provide leadership, life lessons, on-court coaching, and memories to last a lifetime.”

The Jr. NBA, the NBA’s youth basketball participation program, has a partnership network that is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations, and longstanding community partners. The Full Court Press initiative features the Jr. NBA curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of the game in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches, and parents. International missions have included events in Israel, Cuba, and Haiti.

“After a series of successful events last year, we are proud to continue our work with the NBRPA by bringing Jr. NBA programming to youth across the country,” said NBA Vice President, Youth Basketball Development David Krichavsky. “The Full Court Press initiative teaches kids the fundamentals of basketball while also instilling important values like teamwork, leadership, and respect. We value being a part of this program.”

The touring program visits at least 15 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and discussion leaders in each session. The off-court curriculum address mentoring, leadership, and other topics relevant to each community and is led by community leaders from Leadership Foundations, Strategies For Youth, and the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). The program reflects the NBA Family’s ongoing commitment to creating stronger, safer communities for all.

“Every year, we look forward to teaming with the NBRPA for this wonderful program,” said PAL President Chris Hill. “Now more than ever, it is important for the police and community to unite in positivity and understanding, and we are happy to play an integral role in mentoring the youth.”

“We are proud to bring our life and skills classroom discussions to the Full Court Press program,” said Lexington Leadership Foundations CEO Eric Geary. “2017 will undoubtedly bring about successful results and experiences for all who participate and truly make a lasting impact.”

For more information, visit www.legendsofbasketball.com

Contact
Scott Rochelle
Senior Vice President/General Counsel, National Basketball Retired Players Association
312-913-9400 | srochelle@legendsofbasketball.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 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.

About the Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour
The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations, live events and interactive experiences, the Jr. NBA will reach five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada over a two-year period as part of its expanded efforts launched in October 2015. The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations and longstanding community partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jewish Community Centers of North America, National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Special Olympics, and YMCA of the USA.

About PAL
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18.

About Leadership Foundations
Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform the cities in which they exist and serve. These local leadership foundations (LLFs) work to make their cities better by convening people and organizations from all of its sectors, building the capacity of others and creating joint initiatives that address their community’s greatest needs. Every LLF approaches this mission in a unique way according to their abilities and their city’s needs. At Leadership Foundations, we connect our global network of LLFs, develop their ability to accomplish more with others and equip them with tools to make change happen more effectively, more collaboratively and with greater permanence and impact on their cities.

About Strategies for Youth (SFY)
Strategies for Youth is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving police/youth interactions and reducing disproportionate minority contact. SFY trains law enforcement in effective strategies for working with youth through the Policing the Teen Brain training for law enforcement. SFY teaches youth how to navigate interactions with peers and law enforcement through the Juvenile Justice Jeopardy game which helps youth understand the legal consequences of their behaviors and the short and long term consequences of arrests and court records on their educational and employment opportunities. SFY also conducts original research and policy reforms that promote a positive youth development approach in law enforcement.