April 19, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, is happy to welcome former WNBA great Chasity Melvin to its staff. Melvin is the 2016 recipient of the NBRPA’s Michael Justin Glenn Internship opportunity.

The Michael Justin Glenn Internship gives a select NBRPA member the chance to work at the organization’s headquarters in Chicago where they get the opportunity to gain knowledge of sports administration and learn the inner-workings of the sports business industry.

Melvin will rotate between all departments including membership recruitment, member benefits and programming, office operations, special events, player development, and marketing.

“We are very excited to bring Chasity Melvin onto our staff,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “Chasity will be a great addition to our organization and she will gain tremendous value from working in our office advancing her expertise within the business side of sports.”

Melvin was drafted by the Cleveland Rockers in the 1999 WNBA Draft and enjoyed a stellar twelve-year career in the league where she played for the Rockers, Washington Mystics, and Chicago Sky. She has also played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain, Poland, Russia, and China.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity presented to me by the NBRPA,” said Melvin. “To take on this role and be a strong representative to the WNBA as a former player will be a great experience.”

Melvin credits her time playing professional basketball as helping her with broadening her business skills as she took it upon herself to utilize the opportunities that came with being in the WNBA to learn more about the business aspect of the sports world. She has organized various camps, clinics and speaking presentations and looks forward to bringing her business expertise to the NBRPA.

“With this internship, I will bring my strategies and ideas to the organization and share them with former WNBA players and athletes as they transition from their post-athletic career,” said Melvin. “I look forward to helping foster the relationship between former players and the NBRPA, such as how many did for me when I joined the organization.”

This is the second year of the NBRPA former player internship and the first year the program is named the Michael Justin Glenn Internship. The program is named after the son of NBRPA board member Mike Glenn. Michael Justin Glenn had a great love of sports and had a passion for working in the industry. He tragically passed away at age 22 this year. The Michael Justin Glenn Internship program honors his legacy.

“It will be a great pleasure to welcome Chasity Melvin to the NBRPA offices as the 2016 Michael Justin Glenn Internship recipient,” said NBRPA Board Member Nancy Lieberman. “Chasity continues to be a great influence to women in the sports and business field and her presence with our organization will undoubtedly yield tremendous results.”
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.