March 15, 2016

National Basketball Retired Players Association member and former Harlem Globetrotter great Choo Smith will be hosting a special Youth Empowerment Black Tie Gala on Friday, April 8.The event will serve to celebrate and honor those shaping the hearts and minds of youth, which is the key mission of Smith’s Youth Empowerment foundation. Smith’s Youth Empowerment helps to enhance youth by preparing them to be fully productive citizens and life long difference makers and annually hosts special events like basketball camps, galas, and after school programs.The event will run from 6 pm to midnight at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel and will be hosted by actor/director Tommy Ford from the hit TV show Martin. Guests at the event can also meet former Globetrotter great and NBRPA board member David Naves.


To purchase tickets to the event or to make a donation to Smith’s wonderful foundation, visit


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.