Legends Conference 2017 (Cabo)

The National Basketball Retired Players Association hosts the annual Legends World Sports Conference event to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, set the agenda for the following year, and to network and commune with friends and colleagues. To add, service and leadership are a huge part of the mission, and thus the weekend’s activities.

Winning Women
During the Women of Influence Summit, power players Tamika CatchingsNancy LiebermanMichelle Brooke-Marciniak, and Kristin Beal took the stage to discuss their experiences, achievements and strategies in leadership. “The key to leadership is to empower those around you,” said Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. “If I’m a better me, then we are a better we.”

Catchings, a WNBA legend, and Brooke-Marciniak, who both lettered at University of Tennessee attribute their leadership skills to the legendary Pat Summit. “Some people you lead by talking, some by showing and some by a little bit of both,” said Catchings.

In all, the women agreed that leadership and rising to the top, essentially comes from believing in yourself first, and going after what you want. Wintrust’s Beal puts it simply: “Find your voice, and use your voice."

Movers and Shakers
“If your brand was a car, what would it be?” Entrepreneur and self-proclaimed serial salesman Steve Nudelbergposed this question during the Entrepreneurial Summit. “The most important part of a brand is not what you think, it’s what consumers think.”

Nudelberg, along with two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis, Pro2CEO founder Kevin Carr and Wintrust’s Kristin Beal highlighted the Entrepreneurial Summit presented by Wintrust in Cabo.

The panel sparked much debate, though the business leaders did agree that the key to entrepreneurship begins with investing in yourself. “The quintessential element to the entrepreneurial mindset is to spend more time believing, rather than defeating,” said Carr.

Servant Leadership
Within its mission the NBRPA is focused on servant leadership and continued support of the community. During the Conference, WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, NBA standout Michael Harper, and Choo Smith of the Harlem Globetrotters visited El Camino School in Cabo to coach young hoopsters.

“As leaders of the sport, it is our responsibility to be ambassadors for the game, during and after our playing careers,” said Kenny Gattison, NBRPA Vice President of Membership and Player Programming.

The Health and Wellness Summit presented by AASP and Rebound Institute was led by Dr. Brent Walker from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Jayson Williams and Sean Nasiff of Rebound Institute.

“The transition from basketball player to the next position can be emotional,” said Dr. Brent Walker. The discussion broke down the challenges players face when coping with a change in identity post retirement.

Furthermore, NBA standout Jayson Williams gave his personal account of issues related to an unbalanced lifestyle including substance abuse, gambling addiction, and total body wellness.

We’ve Got Heart
The National Basketball Players Association provided heart screenings to all members and guests on-site. The cardiologists used a cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR), which enabled preliminary diagnoses to be made promptly.

Healthy Hearing
As the official provider for the NBRPA, EarQ focused on hearing health for the legends of basketball. At the event, EarQ representatives from DC Audiology, Medpark Hearing Center, and Love to Hear Again provided hearing screenings, video otoscope exams, and hearing health education to former players and their family members.

Broadcast Bootcamp
In this three-part workshop, attendees learned firsthand what it takes to excel in the broadcast booth and studio. Reel Media GroupBig Ten Network, and sportscaster Len Elmore taught attendees the basics of broadcasting, play-by-play, and color commentary.

“You have to be yourself and you certainly have to be prepared,” says Elmore in his advice to future broadcasters.

After the Ball Stops Bouncing
AthLife Founder and President Jon Harris taught the fundamentals of the career game in Cabo. With the mission to “educate, develop and inspire,” attendees learned how to build the skills and confidence needed to assume control over their ongoing career development.