July 18, 2016

The NBRPA officially welcomed members, family and staff to the Legends World Sports Conference in the Legends Lounge, located in Islander D at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. At the lounge, members were able to pick up an assortment of goods as well as stop and visit with valued partners at booths from Kaplan University, Rebound Magazine, Reel Media Group, NASA, DirtySixer, Wells Fargo, School Yard All Stars and Ancestry.com.

Partners all were glowing on their involvement with the conference and their interaction with the NBRPA members.

“We’re here because we started our partnership with the NBRPA in 2015,” said Kaplan University representative Anthony Stephens. “We are offering ten full scholarships to NBRPA members and we want to inform members how we’re closing that gap between sports and education.”

David Folch of DirtySixer Bikes brought along with him to the lounge one of his company’s custom made bikes for his larger than life clients. He was happy to be on hand face-to-face with members to better explain to him his organization’s mission.

“My goal is to provide every tall rider the proportional bike they deserve,” he said. “I’ll be hosting my own clinic at the conference teaching the players the proper techniques with the custom bikes. Not only will they be able to have fun on their bikes, they will be much more safe as well.”

“We’re informing members at the Legends World Sports Conference that NASA has technologies that you can build businesses around,” said NASA Technology Transfer Manager Dennis Small. “Players are coming by and learning of the programs we have that they may be able to possibly be able to join to build their own businesses.”

“We’re really happy to be a sponsor,” said Wells Fargo representative Joe Frank. “The NBRPA is in our hearts not only financially, but also in ensuring that there is success with the players after their careers are over. Anything we can help, from financial literacy to providing resources to make the Legends World Sports Conference successful, we are here to do!”

Frank noted through the Wells Fargo partnership with the NBRPA, that they have helped leave many members better off financially than when they first found them.

“One of the things I’d like to see going further is providing financial wisdom to the members along with the financial education we provide,” said Frank.

School Yard All Stars, a provider of high quality replica high school jerseys from past and present professional athletes, partnered with the NBRPA just recently and were happy to be on hand for their first NBRPA event.

“Our partnership with the NBRPA will have us making high school jerseys of some of the members of the NBRPA with proceeds going to the high school and a royalty to the member themselves,” said School Yards All Star representative Nicholas McRae.

The lounge will be open throughout the conference and members are encouraged to come stop by with any questions or if they just want a place to hang and socialize with fellow members.

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 and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.