August 7, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, hosted a free youth basketball and life skills clinic for elementary-aged children in Sandy Hook and Newtown, Conn. on August 6, 2013. More than 100 kids were in attendance at the event which split between two different parks, Treadwell Park and Dickinson Park.

The morning of the youth clinic the NBRPA generously donated $2,000 to the Newtown Park & Recreation Department.  Former NBA players Dwight Davis (No. 3 overall pick 1972 NBA Draft), Nate “Tiny” Archibald (6-time NBA All-Statr/NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team/NBA Champion), Bob Elliot (New Jersey Nets), Carl Green (Harlem Globetrotters), Tom Hoover (New York Knicks), and Albert King (New Jersey Nets/ACC Player of the Year at Maryland) all were in attendance and served as coaches at the event interacting with the kids throughout the day.

“As a non-profit association we strive to use basketball as a vehicle to give back and improve communities,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “The children of Sandy Hook and Newtown have been through much in the past year and we hope our Legends of Basketball can help ease their young minds and put smiles on their faces through a fun, educational day of basketball. On behalf of the NBRPA Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department for allowing us this very special opportunity to give back.”

The August 6 charitable youth basketball and life skills clinic in Sandy Hook and Newtown was sponsored by Lexis Nexis, with support from Newmarket International, Inc., AquaBall, Gatorade, Fairway Market, the National Basketball Association and GRT Mobile Solutions, in partnership with the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department.

Many of the youngsters involved in this very special philanthropic basketball event attended Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, 2012 when a deadly shooting incident took place. The NBRPA recently hosted a similar event for children in Moore, Okla. that were impacted by tornado strikes and hosts dozens of charitable youth basketball and life skills events across the country each year.