Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management takes over day two of the 2018 Legends Conference

Day two of the 2018 Legends Conference in Las Vegas was a fun-filled day of events and festivities. The NBRPA and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management officially launched a partnership that provides former players with access to educational programs that are only available to Kellogg Alumni. Noted Kellogg Professors Craig Wortmann and David Schonthal joined the Legends in Vegas for a variety of sessions on entrepreneurial ventures. Discussions from business model creation to “the art of sales” gave former players excellent insight to entrepreneurship, and now, players interested in learning more can sign up for an exclusive online business education module to gain a certificate in business.

Whether they are already business owners, or if they simply have a business idea in mind that they’re thinking about launching, players soaked in the information and asked intelligent questions, making for an engaging conversation with the professors. Reed Hansen, director of business development at Northwestern University's Kellogg Business School, said following the conference, "They sincerely wanted to learn about being an entrepreneur."

Later that afternoon, the Legends headed over to the Summer League games, and the day concluded with an evening of food, drinks and friendly competition at Top Golf Las Vegas.

2018 Legends Conference: Day One Recap

Day one of the 2018 Legends Conference in Las Vegas is in the books!
Doors opened to the Legends Lounge at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday morning and immediately filled with NBRPA members, family, friends and partners excited to reconnect, learn and spend time together. Five incredible, talented women kicked off the conference with a Women of Influence Summit. Led by LaChina Robinson, panelists Michele Roberts, Lisa Leslie, Jennifer Azzi and Rushia Brown held a meaningful discussion and touched on topics from basketball to gender issues, business and advice for life beyond the game of basketball. Attendees left inspired and excited to continue learning from each other the rest of the week.

Following the summit, the evening’s welcome party at Light Nightclub was the official kick-off to the week, and it did not disappoint.

The lounge is back open today, and players are looking forward to hearing from Northwestern | Kellogg School of Business throughout day two. Follow along with us at @NBAAlumni and #LegendsofBasketball for more Legends Conference highlights throughout the weekend!

NBRPA Inks Partnership with Three-Time Emmy Award Winner Kathryn Janicek

 NBRPA Inks Partnership with Three-Time Emmy Award Winner Kathryn Janicek

Media & Public Speaking Expert to Provide Former Players with Media Training

CHICAGO (June 19, 2018) – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has partnered with media and public speaking expert Kathryn Janicek to help former NBA and WNBA players gain the necessary confidence and skills to pursue a career in media and public speaking.

Kathryn Janicek is a sought-after media and public speaking expert who has extensive experience in training entrepreneurs and corporate executives around the world. She is a three-time Emmy Award-winning television expert with 20 years of experience creating and coaching teams of anchors, reporters, producers and writers. Kathryn has extensive crisis communications experience assisting people, brands, companies and government agencies. To learn more about Kathryn and how she can help you, please visit her website at www.KathrynJanicek.com.

“I’m thrilled to offer our players access to Kathryn and the array of experience and expertise she brings to the table,” said NBRPA President and CEO Scott Rochelle. “We are seeing a significant trend of former players entering the media and entertainment industries upon retirement and are following suit by providing our players with the necessary skills to be successful.”

For more details on the NBRPA, visit www.legendsofbasketball.com

 

 

 

 

 

NBRPA & NBPA Enhance Health Screening Program

National Basketball Retired Players Association Launches Partnership with NBPA to Enhance Health Screening Program

CHICAGO (June 4, 2018) – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has formalized its relationship with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to deliver valuable, preventive long-term healthcare check-ups to former professional players across the U.S. Launched by the NBPA in 2016, the Health Screening Program has impacted hundreds of former players by providing preventative cardiac testing. The NBRPA’s involvement will expand the program to include orthopedic screenings and care.

“The NBPA is a natural partner for our players, and this new relationship will work to introduce more of our members to effective wellness management strategies as they age and maintain active lifestyles,” said NBRPA President and CEO Scott Rochelle.

The average NBA career lasts less than five years, which emphasizes the need for long-term planning for all aspects of life, including health. In 2015, the NBPA instituted cardiac screenings for retired players, as well as other initiatives designed to prepare current players for life after basketball. By partnering with the NBRPA on this initiative, the NBPA Health Screenings program will reach even more former players through the retired players associations existing communications channels and events in an effort to significantly widen the number of former players touched by this valuable program.

 “We have seen, first-hand, the impact that the Health Screenings program has had in changing the way former players are thinking about their long-term health, today,” said Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBPA. “By partnering with the NBRPA, we will be able to reach an even greater number of former players with this essential program for long-term wellness.”

In addition, the NBRPA and NBPA will continue to collaborate on key programs and expand their current relationship by working hand-in-hand on a variety of initiatives aimed at targeting former players. The NBRPA will further integrate wellness education into its national programing to its players throughout the coming year, as well.

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ABOUT THE NBPA
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist them in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.

Annual Legends Conference

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is hosting its Annual Legends Conference from July 10th – July 12th, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  NBRPA Members and guests will meet for three days of collaboration, discussion, networking and strategic planning.  The 2018 gathering will mark another outstanding year that the NBRPA’s most active, engaged and knowledgeable members will come together to help set the association’s agenda for the year ahead.

Registration
Registration for the 2018 Conference is live; to register please CLICK HERE.  Gold and Platinum Members receive two free nights stay at Mandalay Bay courtesy of the NBRPA.  While registering, please complete the Member Hotel Form, which can be accessed within the online registration.  Complete at least one form, EVEN if staying for the two nights (July 10th, July 11th) courtesy of the NBRPA.  To change any part of your registration, please access RegOnline and make all changes in the same way you registered.  For specific inquires, contact the NBRPA at (312) 913-9400.

Welcome Party
In true Vegas fashion, Light Nightclub will host the 2018 Conference Welcome Party.  The LIGHT Vegas nightclub, conveniently located inside Mandalay Bay, merges cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce unique nightlife entertainment. 
Date: Tuesday, July 10th.

Women of Influence Summit
The Women of Influence Summit is back to highlight another panel of impactful female leaders.  Stay tuned for more details regarding participants and topics.  Date: Tuesday, July 10th.

Kellogg School of Management Summit
The NBRPA has partnered with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to offer educational workshops designed specifically for NBRPA members who seek to expand their careers into entrepreneurial ventures.  The workshops are designed to provide members with the framework necessary to test and refine ideas and equip members with the requisite skills and discipline needed to acquire their first critical customers.  Online modules will support those participants who would like in-depth content on how to launch a business.  The information provided in the Kellogg Sessions can be applied to all businesses and stages of a professional career.  Please note: Members need not attend every Kellogg Session.  Feel free to attend individual sessions as you please.  Date: Wednesday, July 11th.

Technology Summit
Modeled after the popular NBA Tech Summit, which takes places during NBA All-Star Weekend, this session will explore new technologies, gadgets, and trends.  The summit will be led by the NBRPA’s most tech-savvy members and partners, who can share expertise on how to apply new technology to different lifestyles and what to expect next in today's high-tech world.  Date: Thursday, July 12th.

Health Care Screenings
At the 2018 Conference, the NBRPA will provide health care screenings, conducted by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and EarQ, offering attendees exclusive resources to stay healthier.  Your path to good health starts with knowing your numbers and becoming aware of your current health status.  The NBPA will conduct heart screenings and x-ray examinations, while EarQ will conduct hearing screenings and video otoscope exams to all members and guests on-site. NuEnerchi will also be back and offer products and services to manage chronic pain, enhance healing and promote health and wellness. This free health assessment was designed to improve health awareness, providing attendees with a personalized report to help identify potential risks and track improvement over time.

Mental Health & Wellness Sessions: The Association for Applied Sports Psychology, the NBRPA’s partner in Mental Health & Wellness will provide private, one-on-one sessions with former players to assess mental health needs and build a wellness plan

Service/Leadership
Within its mission the NBRPA is focused on servant leadership and continued support of the community.  During the 2018 Conference, select NBRPA members will volunteer at a local venue to conduct a youth basketball skills clinic.  “As leaders of the sport, it is our responsibility to be ambassadors for the game, during and after our playing careers,” said Kenny Gattison, NBRPA Vice President of Membership and Player Programming.  Those interested in participating should contact Kenny Gattison at
(312) 913-9400. 

The 2018 LWSC provides attendees the opportunity to explore topics outside the scope of day-to-day sports business, such as leadership, creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, work/life balance, and diversity and inclusion.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

CHICAGO – Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Janssen), a leading brand within the Johnson & Johnson family, and the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) announced a partnership on February 14, 2017 that made Janssen the exclusive pharmaceutical partner of the association. Janssen brands such as Xarelto is integrated into marketing and program initiatives across the NBRPA throughout its 25th Year Anniversary Celebration.

The NBRPA provides a strategic platform for Janssen to create initiatives and programming that communicate the importance of physical health and wellness. Specifically, Janssen aims to transform individual lives and fundamentally change the way diseases are managed, interpreted and prevented. Janssen’s Xarelto brand has an established presence within the basketball community through its ad campaign featuring the legendary Jerry West.

Janssen kicked-off its engagement with the NBRPA as the presenting sponsor of the All-Star Breakfast on February 18 at the Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA. The breakfast was co-hosted by Athletes in Action, and honored former NBA Coach and GM Randy Pfund with the 2017 Jerry Colangelo Award, named in honor of the Basketball Hall of Famer and former CEO of the Phoenix Suns and current Chairman of USA Basketball. The award is given to someone who exemplifies being a professional both on and off the court by showing strong character, integrity, and leadership. Also,12-year NBA veteran Mike James was honored with the 2017 Bobby Jones Award, named after former All-Star Bobby Jones, and is annually given to a current or former NBA player exhibiting exceptional integrity and service both on and off the court.

Additionally, Janssen will have a strong presence at the NBRPA’s Legends World Sports Conference 2017, wherein hands on seminars and learning will occur on-site in Cabo San Lucas.

With the support of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, NBRPA events like the All-Star Breakfast are made possible. Janssen Pharmaceuticals strives to provide access to effective and affordable medicines and related healthcare services to the people who need them and is proud to help present such a positive event. The NBRPA is excited to partner with Janssen and work collaboratively for the benefit of all former players.

For more information, contact NBRPA Senior Vice President of Partnership and Business Development Scott Rochelle at 847-736-1328 or srochelle@legendsofbasketball.com.

NBRPA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AT THE NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

NEW ORLEANS – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the official alumni association of former NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters players, elected this past weekend its 2017 Corporate Officers for the coming year, with former Vice Chair Dwight Davis as new Chairman.

Other officers include 9-year NBA Veteran and Fox Sports South analyst Mike Glenn as Vice Chair; Casey Shaw, NBA alum and Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach, as Treasurer; and Nancy Lieberman, Naismith Hall of Famer and Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings, returns as Secretary.

“This is a great way to cap another incredible NBA All-Star Weekend, especially at a time where this organization founded to serve the men and women who created today’s basketball, are doing so much to promote excellence and equality through sportsmanship all over the world,” said incoming Chair Davis, whose extensive history of public service in New Hampshire has earned statewide recognition. “I'm humbled by the opportunity to serve as Chair of the NBRPA. Over the past six years the bar has been raised incredibly high. It is my intention to move our mission even further forward.”

“I am extremely honored to represent all members of the NBRPA,” said incoming Vice Chair Mike Glenn. “I am grateful they have shown their trust in me by awarding this opportunity. I look forward to expanding our influence and sharing the inspirational stories and wisdom of my constituency.”

“As we enter the 25th year of the greatest sports alumni association in the world, I not only leave the organization in good hands, but with men and women ready to carry out a vision to help players transition from the court and continue to serve their community,” said retiring Chair Thurl Bailey, a 12-year NBA veteran. The NBRPA membership is comprised of nearly 900 former players.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as Treasurer of the NBRPA and excited to have the opportunity to continue to play a small role in advancing our two-fold mission,” said Mr. Shaw. “Having served on the finance committee for the last three years. I have been privileged to see the growth and direction our association has taken in helping former players transition and in community outreach. I am looking forward to continuing to serve our members and strive to grow our great organization.”

Said Ms. Lieberman, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the members of the NBRPA. We look forward to tremendous success going forward for all that we represent.”

Other NBRPA Directors are Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman, and Eldridge Recasner.
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.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr. Flying Across Baltimore with the Blue Angels

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr is no stranger to traveling all over the world in aircrafts but on Friday October 14, 2016 he experienced the friendly skies courtesy of the Blue Angels.  The Blue Angels were formed in 1946 making them the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world.  The Blue Angels 6 demonstration pilots fly McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
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Choo Smith has spent the last 12 years working with the youth and serving the community.  As one of the faces of the Visit Baltimore campaign Choo was nominated as a “Key Influencer” for the work he does in Baltimore with the youth.  The Blue Angels reviewed all of the submissions and has recognized Choo Smith as a “Key Influencer”.

As one of the 3 Key Influencers Choo received the opportunity of a lifetime.  Choo took a 40-minute flight with Lt. Tyler Davies of the Blue Angles.  An experience that many people would love to have had.

Prior to entering the aircraft Choo received flight training on how to handle all of the “G” forces he will experience by Seven Crew Chief Josh Wilburn.  Choo Along with WBAL News Reporter Omar Jimenez, and Luke Rettig with College Bound Foundation received a crash course on how not to black out.

Choo’s flight took place on Friday October 14, 2016 at Martins State Airport during Fleet Week.  Choo stated in a comment prior to taking off “This is serious!!  You got to be in shape to do this.”  Lt. Tyler Davies took Choo on a 40-minute full speed, loops, turns and acrobatics flight.  An experience Choo said he will never forget.  Choo said “I always respected military pilots… but today I have a whole new appreciation for the shape they have to be in to be a Blue Angel.”

WELLS FARGO HOSTS LEGENDS LADIES EVENT AT NBRPA LEGENDS WORLD SPORTS CONFERENCE

NBRPA partner Wells Fargo held a special Legends Ladies Event during the Legends World Sports Conference today. At the event, Dr. Corey Hebert gave a presentation to the woman on “What is a Healthy Woman?”

With champagne in tow, Dr. Hebert gave the ladies a heart to heart talk on living well despite inescapable illnesses and diseases.

He also wowed the audience with food facts that had the women laughing, shrieking and debating in astonishment. Ultimately, all of them were grateful for his insight and tips.

Among the illnesses Dr. Hebert lectured about included heart disease, cancer, and irregular cholesterol. The event proved to be a huge success and provided great insight to the attendees.

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.

OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE AND SUNDAY RECEPTION

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, kicked off the 8th Annual Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with their Opening Press Conference and Legends Welcome Reception on Sunday night.
 
The conference and reception featured NBRPA board of directors, members and partners to discuss the NBRPA’s mission and charitable events both domestic and aboard, and develop ways to further strengthen programs that help former players transition to a successful life after basketball.
 
“These are some very exciting times for the organization,” said NBRPA Board Chairman Thurl Bailey. “We have made a lot of strides in many years due to our leaders and we’ve had some great partners along the way.”
 
“We have a lot to be proud of,” said NBRPA Vice Chairman Dwight Davis. “Sometimes we sit back and are amazed because we never thought we would get the organization to where it is today.”
 
“The success and accomplishments the NBRPA has is a result of a collective group including the board of directors, chapter presidents and members,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie Fielkow. “We have 140 members here for the Legends World Sports Conference which is by far the most we have ever had. Las Vegas has opened its arms to the NBRPA over the years and we are very grateful for that.”
 
Following the press conference, members and guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages at the reception and used the opportunity to catch up with old friends and teammates.
 
At the reception, Fielkow  proudly remarked about the WNBA’s growth in NBRPA involvement in recent years, going from 10 members to 45 in the span of a few years.
On hand at the reception was wife of NBRPA Chapter Houston President Major Jones Renee Jones who announced the formation of the National Basketball Wives Association, formerly Behind the Bench.
 
Following the reception, the NBRPA hosted the private screening of "Full Court" The Spencer Haywood Story. The film chronicles Hall of Famer and NBRPA member Spencer Haywood and takes a look at Haywood’s personal and professional struggles along with the civil rights struggles of the time. Haywood and the film’s producers were on hand to share their experience on making the film and give their first-hand accounts of how the project came together.
 
KLAS-TV (CBS Las Vegas) was on hand to cover the event and spoke to NBRPA members about the importance of the Legends World Sports Conference. Also on hand was author/journalist Sam Smith of ChicagoBulls.com who took the time to speak with many of the legends who made this game about their playing days in the NBA including Dick Barnett and Spencer Haywood and journalist Rebecca Theim who spoke to NBRPA leaders about the organization and current events going on in the country and the organization’s involvement in bringing people together.
 
The Legends World Sports Conference continues Monday with the Legends Breakfast, Members Meeting, Breakout Sessions, Legends Ladies Event and much more.
 
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.