June 24, 2013

La Rue Martin, Bob Love, Dave Corzine, Kenny Battle, Emmette Bryant,  Jeff Sanders & Casey Shaw to coach 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 the Chicago area on June 29 at Calumet Park Recreation Center (located at 12426 South Loomis, Calumet Park, IL 60827) in conjunction with the National Police Athletic League (PAL) and National Urban League.

NBRPA National Board Member LaRue Martin (1972 No. 1 overall NBA Draft Pick/Loyola-Chicago standout), former Chicago Bulls Bob Love (3-time NBA All-Star/Chicago Bulls Director of Community Affairs), Dave Corzine (13-year NBA career/DePaul standout) and Jeff Sanders (1989 Bulls 1st round pick/NBRPA Chicago Chapter President), former Illinois great Kenny Battle (2-time All-American/5-year NBA career), former DePaul star Emmette Bryant (8-year NBA career/NBA Champion with 1969 Celtics), and Chicago native Casey Shaw (Philadelphia 76ers/Chicago native) will conduct the basketball portion of the event, which will impact more than 150 local at-risk youth in the Chicago area 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 29 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 LaRue Martin, Bob Love, Dave Corzine, Jeff Sanders, Kenny Battle, Emmette Bryant and Casey Shaw

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 29 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Calumet Park Recreation Center (located at 12426 South Loomis, Calumet Park, IL 60827)

Media wishing to cover the pre-clinic press event or the youth basketball and mentoring clinic on June 29 should contact Paul Corliss, NBRPA Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at 917-621-5744 or All aforementioned former NBA players serving as coaches for the camp will be available for interviews.

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, Muhammad Ali (Boxing), Larry Holmes (Boxing), Oscar Robertson (Basketball), Wilt Chamberlain (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.