March 28, 2017

CHICAGO, ILL. – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official alumni association for former NBA, ABA, WNBA, and Harlem Globetrotters players, selected former WNBA great Barbara Farris as the recipient of the 2017 Michael Justin Glenn Internship.

The Michael Justin Glenn Internship annually gives one NBRPA member the chance to work at the organization’s headquarters in Chicago to gain knowledge of sports administration and learn the inner-workings of the sports business industry. During her internship, Ms. Farris will rotate between all NBRPA departments including membership recruitment, member benefits and programming, office operations, special events, player development, and marketing.

Ms. Farris, now a Girls Basketball Head Coach and Physical Education Instructor in Louisiana with over nine years experience, succeeds former WNBA great Chasity Melvin, who served as the 2016 Michael Justin Glenn Internship recipient.

Ms. Farris played for the Detroit Shock, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury during her WNBA career. In 2003, she helped lead the Shock to their first WNBA Championship. After her professional playing career, she became an assistant coach at Tulane University and Alfred Bonnabel High School before taking a position as an assistant coach with the New York Liberty. She currently serves as the head coach of Girls Basketball for John Curtis Christian School located in the New Orleans metro area.

“We are elated to bring Barbara onto our staff,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are happy that our organization’s representation of and participation by WNBA Legends continues to grow.”

“I am very excited to be the recipient of the 2017 Michael Justin Glenn Internship,” said Ms. Farris. “I look forward to receiving business experience from the NBRPA throughout my tenure and representing the WNBA with great dignity.”

This is the third year of the NBRPA internship. It is named after the late Michael Justin Glenn, the son of NBRPA Board Member Mike Glenn. The young man, who had a great love of sports and a passion for working in the sports industry, tragically passed away at age 22 in 2016.

“It brings me great pleasure to see the role of former WNBA players continue to grow within our organization, as we honor the legacy of this promising young man with an enduring growth experience,” said NBRPA Secretary, Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach, and Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. “The Michael Justin Glenn Internship continues to yield great results for the NBRPA. Barbara will undoubtedly bring great drive, passion, and expertise during her tenure as a staff member.”

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.