June 19, 2013

Chris Washburn, Xavier McDaniel, Vernon Maxwell, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd & Kenny Battle to work with youngsters

CHICAGO – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, will host a youth basketball and life skills clinic in Charlotte on June 25at Greenville Neighborhood Center in conjunction with the National Police Athletic League (PAL) and National Urban League.

Former NBA players Kenny Battle (5-year NBA career), Eric “Sleepy” Floyd (NBA All-Star/Gastonia, NC-native), Xavier McDaniel (NBA All-Star/Columbia, SC-native), Vernon Maxwell (2-time NBA Champion/13-year NBA career), and Chris Washburn (NBA First Round Pick/North Carolina State star/Hickory, NC-native) will conduct the basketball portion of the event, which will impact more than 150 local at-risk youth in Charlotte as part of a 14-city touring youth basketball and life skills program titled Full Court Press: Prep for Success. The program is a collaborative effort of the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League.

The June 25 youth basketball and life skills clinic will open with a press conference the morning of the event at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the clinic.

Details for this very special philanthropic youth basketball event are as follows:

WHO: Former NBA players, including Kenny Battle, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, Xavier McDaniel, Vernon Maxwell, and Chris Washburn

WHAT: A press event followed immediately by a free youth basketball and life skills clinic conducted by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League

WHEN: June 25 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Greenville Neighborhood Center (located at 1330 Spring St. Charlotte, NC 28206)

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 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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman.

About the National Police Athletic League

The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18. PAL Alumni include sports greats, Mohammed Ali (Boxing), Larry Holmes (Boxing), Oscar Robinson (Basketball), Wilt Chamberlin (Basketball), J.R. Smith (Basketball), Larry Johnson (Basketball), Thomas "Satch" Sanders (Basketball), John Thompson (Basketball)General Colin Powell, Congressman Frank Wolf, and entertainers Billy Joel, Bill Cosby and Jimmy Smits.

About the National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.