September 24, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, hosted its annual Legends World Sports Conference in South Florida at Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay Resort in Port St. Lucie, Sept. 20-22. The 2013 Legends World Sports Conference -- presented by Wells Fargo -- was a great success, with more than 250 attendees. Other participating partners were Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative powered by FranNet, Florida International University Health, Choice One Mobile, Retired Professional Athlete Group, Trilogy, DirtySixer Bikes, EarQ, Northern Trust, Florida A&M University, O’Happy Day Travel, Thuzio, Something Inked, Boston’s Pizza, CKE Restaurants, Del Taco, East Coast Wings, Massage Heights, Zaxby’s and Miss Jessie’s.

Widely recognized as the premier gathering of its kind for former professional basketball players, the Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) is the NBRPA’s annual retreat for members and partners to learn, network and unite in community service. Former professional basketball players and their guests attended and participated in a productive conference we

ek that also included a wide range of community service conducted by NBRPA Members.

“We had a wonderful long weekend of networking, learning and community service,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “The 2013 Legends World Sports Conference was a great success. Thank you to our partners for making this annual gathering of former basketball greats possible."

Highlights of the weekend included a charitable youth basketball clinic in Orlando, as well as a philanthropic visit to Children's Hospital of Miami. The NBRPA announced a new free health program with Florida

International University and a free business certification program for members at Florida A&M University. In addition, current NBA player James Jones -- a Vice President for the National Basketball Players Association -- spoke at the NBRPA Members meeting and promised greater collaboration and support of former players by the union.

Conference workshop sessions featuring industry experts covering a variety of relevant topics were also a key highlight of the weekend. NBRPA Members had free access to many experts in fields including Jobs in Sports, Finance, Career Transition, Continuing Education, Professional Speaking & Broadcasting, Social Media, Health & Wellness, Networking, Franchise Opportunities and more.

Finally, the NBRPA unveiled a new brand and logo to better represent the association. The new logo represents the past, present and future of the organization and will be the NBRPA's primary brand and colors moving forward.