June 20, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) brought its Full Court Press: Prep For Success program to Phoenix, Arizona at Carl Hayden Community High School on Thursday, June 16 along with partners Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundation.

Helping to host the clinic were NBRPA Phoenix Chapter President Matt Fish, Jim Paxson, Carolyn Moos, Nick Sheppard, Stephen Hunter and Fat Lever.

“We served a large amount of students and had plenty of time at each station to teach and really make a difference,” said Phoenix Chapter President Matt Fish.

The clinic also left a lasting impression on Dr. Kit Danley, President of Neighborhood Ministries, the local affiliate of Leadership Foundation.

“What an incredible day we had with everyone during the Full Court Press Event with the Leadership Foundation, National Basketball Retired Players Association and Police Athletic League,” she said. “Speaking for the kids and leaders, it was a momentous day.”

Leaders from the various organization and players spent the day assisting the Phoenix kids with basketball drills that follows the Jr. NBA curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of the game in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience. Meanwhile NBRPA partners from PAL and Leadership Foundation assisted with mentoring roundtables and classroom sessions.

Matt Fish said that the Full Court Press clinics are a great way to use the game of basketball to instill in kids lessons on life.

“I hope that the kids have a bigger appreciation for the game of basketball and try to make wise choices in life,” said Fish. “I believe that life mirrors sport: whatever you put into it is what you will get out of it.”

The next Full Court Press clinic is scheduled for July 21 in Portland, Oregon. Before then, the NBRPA will host the 8th Annual Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) in Las Vegas from July 17-19, 2016.

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.

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.