Full Court Press: Prep for Success Youth Event in Detroit on June 27th

June 20, 2015

NBA alumni Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Rick Mahorn, Jalen Rose and many others to participate

CHICAGO, ILL. – – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to the University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday, June 27 alongside its partners from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundations.  As part of this very special collaboration with the NBA and its NBA Cares Initiative, nearly a dozen Detroit basketball icons will be working with local youth, including:


Dave Bing (former Detroit Mayor, Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer, NBRPA Founder), Derrick Coleman (Detroit Northern High School, NBA All-Star, NBRPA Detroit Chapter President), Jalen Rose (Detroit Southwestern High School, University of Michigan All-American, 14-year NBA standout, NBRPA Ambassador), Willie Norwood (Detroit Pistons, NBRPA Detroit Chapter Vice President), Rick Mahorn (Detroit Pistons, NBA Champion), Terry Mills (Romulus High School, University of Michigan National Champion, Detroit Pistons), Willie Burton (Detroit Saint Martin de Porres, Miami Heat), Jimmy King (University of Michigan, Toronto Raptors) and Earle Higgins (Eastern Michigan University, Indiana Pacers).


In addition, former NBA All-Star Eric “Sleepy” Floyd will bring to the event “JobsyWobsy,” an interactive platform to help young people prepare for school, careers, and life early.  JobsyWobsy will assist with the life skills portion of the program where all participants will be leaving the event with a resume in hand.


Men’s and women’s basketball players from the University of Detroit Mercy will assist with the on-court portion of the event and Detroit Pistons Mascot “Hooper” will also appear at the event.


All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public. 


Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a five-hour youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum. Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations as part of the NBA Cares initiative. JobsyWobsy adds a secondary life skills component of introductory resume-building and understanding of the job market.


This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session follows an NBA Cares template and falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.


Media wishing to cover the upcoming Full Court Press: Prep for Success event in Detroit may do so by contacting Paul Corliss, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the NBRPA, at 917-621-5744.


The NBRPA and its partners would like to thank the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Pistons for their support of this very special event.


Details of the Detroit Full Court Press: Prep for Success session are as follows:


WHO:                   Detroit Basketball icons Dave Bing, Derrick Coleman, Rick Mahorn,       Jalen Rose, Willie Burton, Jimmy King, Earle Higgins, Terry Mills and Willie Norwood, as well as former NBA All-Star Eric “Sleepy” Floyd and University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s basketball players


WHAT:                 Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring       clinic, a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations. All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public.


WHEN:                 June 27, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


WHERE:               Calihan Hall at University of Detroit Mercy, located at 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221.


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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.


About PAL
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.


About Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform the cities in which they exist and serve. These local leadership foundations (LLFs) work to make their cities better by convening people and organizations from all of its sectors, building the capacity of others and creating joint initiatives that address their community’s greatest needs. Every LLF approaches this mission in a unique way according to their abilities and their city’s needs. At Leadership Foundations, we connect our global network of LLFs, develop their ability to accomplish more with others and equip them with tools to make change happen more effectively, more collaboratively and with greater permanence and impact on their cities.


About JobsyWobsy (www.jobsywobsy.com)

JobsyWobsy, a free online career planning and management website, aims to aid and educate young people ages 10-18 about career options. The web site allows youth in middle school to begin exploring careers and continue during their lifetime. A key feature of JobsyWobsy is a private digital "briefcase" designed to assist young people in creating and storing necessary work-related documents. Among the many features of JobsyWobsy is a Learning Center with Career Exploration Information, resume building, college references, career planning resources, and a career course (under development) to assist with identifying and attaining career satisfaction. Through interactive technology-based tools, students can begin preparation for their chosen careers or explore potential careers, including multiple career options. The process begins with the writing of a resume that becomes the cornerstone of the career management process. Once the youth start their resume, the process of “what do I want to be” begins to become a reality.


About the University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest, private Catholic University with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit. UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges." UDM was also named one of Money Magazine's "Best Colleges," based on graduation rates, degree cost and return on investment.



Paul Corliss
Vice President of Communications & Marketing

National Basketball Retired Players Association

917-621-5744 | pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com