NBRPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOLD COMMUNITY YOUTH CLINIC AND MEETINGS IN MIAMI

June 8, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni and its Board of Directors convened in Miami to host annual meetings and a community youth clinic from May 31 to June 2. All twelve board members were in attendance including 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.

The Board members arrived in Miami on May 31 and soon headed to the Joe Celestin Center to host the community clinic where they assisted many kids in on-court basketball drills. Joining them at the clinic was NBRPA member Wali Jones. At the clinic, Miami Dade police officers presented the board with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of North Miami Florida and Vice Mayor Alix Desulme. Afterwards, the former players had the opportunity to speak to the kids, providing them life lessons and words of inspiration.

“It is always great to give back to local youth,” said Vice Chairman of the Board Dwight Davis. “One of the things our organization always sets out to do no matter what is give back to the community.”

Following the clinic, the NBRPA and President and CEO Arnie Fielkow held a press conference announcing the organization’s efforts to return and bring more programs to Haiti along with the construction of basketball courts in Haiti and potentially other parts of the Caribbean. Those attending the press announcement included dignitaries from organizations such as American International Relief, Sister Cities International and Foundation Enfant Jesus attended.

Eldridge Recasner, who traveled with the NBRPA on their previous goodwill visit to Haiti, remarked to the audience, “If there’s anything the NBRPA can do to help the efforts to rebuild Haiti, we are going to do that.”

Following the clinic and conference, the Board of Directors and NBRPA executive staff held their Board Retreat Meetings at Marriott Biscayne Bay throughout the remainder of the length of their stay. The meetings gave a chance to celebrate the accomplishments the organization has had over the past five years, such as more than doubling membership to a record level of over 830 members. The meeting also contained a number of items relative to the future and actions of the NBRPA.

“The Board Retreat was very successful and I was very happy to see the enthusiasm that was on hand by every single board member,” said Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey. “Our main goal is always to do what is in the best interest of our organization and this retreat was a big opportunity for all of us to put forth our ideas, suggestions and exchanges on how we feel would be the best way to do that.”

Prior to the board retreat in Miami, select members took time to speak with Miami media promoting the NBRPA’s charitable efforts and other topics, these include Mike Glenn on CBS Miami Radio, Rick Barry’s interview with CBS Miami Radio and Rick Barry also speaking to 790 The Ticket Miami.

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.