The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) kicked off its 2017 Full Court Press: Prep For Success program on Saturday, April 1 in Farmingdale, New Jersey at Middle School North along with partners Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth.
Legends participating in the clinic included Anthony Avent, Tony Campbell, Terry Dehere, Tamecka Dixon, and Adrienne Goodson. The former players spent the day providing basketball instruction through the Jr. NBA curriculum, while the NBRPA’s partners taught the kids in the classroom about life lessons.
“I think the kids had a great experience,” said Dehere. “They were able to engage and get really involved with us. But we had just as great a time with them! The whole day resonated with both the kids and players.”
“The kids were really excited to have the opportunity to learn from past professional basketball players,” said Goodson. “I hope we inspired them. We taught them about our journey to the professional leagues and it’s funny because today, kids are set up to be successful now more than ever. They have a lot of avenues that we didn’t have when we were young to learning about the game and becoming better basketball players. This program is yet another way to help them.” Goodson noted that the off the court activities with the NBRPA’s partners are just as significant in the Full Court Press program as the on-court basketball activities: “The educational aspect that PAL, Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth provided was very important and I’m glad the kids were able to be a part of the classroom discussions.”
Officials from PAL, Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth spent the day mentoring the participating youth in the classroom addressing relevant topics in today’s world while providing life skills.
Dixon is a former PAL member herself, so working the Full Court Press clinics is always a welcomed treat for her. “Being a former PAL kid, it always excites me to take part in these clinics knowing that I was once sitting in the same seats as the kids participating in the event,” she said.
NJTV News was on hand to cover the clinic, and spoke with the former players and NBRPA partners. Jeff Hood, Second VP of PAL, told reporter Michael Hill, "We're about trying to teach the kids about positive engagement with law enforcement so that the stigma of 'us versus them' is erased." To see NJTV News' report on the Farmingdale Full Court Press, click here.
The start of the 2017 Full Court Press program was a huge success and both the kids and players came away gleaming about the clinic.
“This is the fourth clinic I have been a part of and I absolutely love it,” said Goodson. “To help inspire the kids all the while being able to reunite and work with some of my peers is just great!”
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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.