February 10, 2013

National Basketball Retired Players Association to host a series of philanthropic & celebratory events

CHICAGO – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, will host more than 150 NBA Legends in Houston February 13-17 for NBA All-Star 2013. The NBRPA will utilize All-Star Weekend as a vehicle to recognize the careers of its members, celebrate Black History Month and give back to the community. In addition, the NBRPA will jointly announce an extension and expansion of its historic partnership with the NBA alongside Commissioner David Stern in a media announcement held at NBA Jam Session on February 14.

“The NBRPA and its members are proud and honored to be an integral part of NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston February 14-17,” said Arnie. D. Fielkow, President & Chief Executive Officer for the NBRPA. “Working in conjunction with the NBA and our local Houston NBRPA Chapter, we have planned a number of star-studded, fun and philanthropic events for our members and the community. On behalf of the NBRPA’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank our members, sponsors and supporters for making such an impactful and fun agenda possible.”

All-Star festivities for the NBRPA will begin on February 13, as former University of Houston stars Greg “Cadillac” Anderson, Otis Birdsong, Dwight Davis, Elvin Hayes and Ollie Taylor return to their alma mater to be honored at Hofheinz Pavilion when the hometown Cougars take on the UTEP Miners. Birdsong, Vice Chairman of the NBRPA Board of Directors, said he is excited to come “home” to Houston.

“The NBRPA is excited to celebrate All-Star Weekend in Houston – one of the very best basketball cities in the country,” said Birdsong, who was named 1970s Player of the Decade for the old Southwest Conference after an All-American career at UH. “The NBRPA has deep ties to Houston – we have a strong Houston Chapter and many members are originally from or now living in the area – and we plan to support the community throughout the All-Star Weekend.”

Indeed the NRBPA’s Houston Chapter will lead the way for members to give back by hosting youth basketball clinics on both February 15 and 16. In addition, the Houston Chapter will hold a Red Carpet Gala on February 16. Prior to the Houston Chapter’s “Kids Get Fit Clinic” at Jack Yates High School (located at 3703 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77004), the NBRPA will hold a press conference to announce a nationwide youth basketball and mentoring program in conjunction with the National Police Athletic League and National Urban League. The press conference will start at 9:30 a.m. at the high school and will include the opportunity for media to interview NBRPA Legends while learning about the new 12-city touring youth program.

Another native Houstonian leading the NBRPA’s efforts to give back is the aforementioned former Cougar, Dwight Davis, who will lead a Black History Month speaking program at Worthing High School in his native Sunnyside neighborhood on the afternoon of February 16. Davis, a Worthing alum, has brought together a group of NBRPA Members and other successful Worthing alums to visit students in classrooms, share life lessons and hold a school-wide assembly in honor of Black History Month. CVS Pharmacy and Lexis Nexis are supporting this very special event.

The NBRPA will once again join forces with the NBA to stage its marquee event for All-Star Weekend, the 14th Annual Legends Brunch at 10 a.m. on February 17. The annual awards event features TNT’s Ernie Johnson as master of ceremonies, with appearances by some of the greatest players in NBA history with ties to Houston. The Legends Brunch will be broadcast live on NBA-TV and seen in more than 50 million households.

The NBRPA and its Legends Care charitable programs have gained an unprecedented amount of support from corporate America. Companies giving back to the NBRPA and Legends Care during All-Star Weekend include AARP, Adidas, Auntie Anne’s, B&C Skin Tight, BMO Harris, Ear-Q, Gatorade, Miss Jessie’s, Panini, Police Athletic League, Real Estate Mortgage Network, Retired Professional Athletes Group, UBS Financial Services, Urban League, Wells Fargo and ZERO for Prostate Cancer.

“As a non-profit service organization, the NBRPA is excited to celebrate NBA All-Star 2013 by giving back in the Houston community – this falls in line with our year-round goal to serve the community as ambassadors to the sport of basketball,” said NBRPA Chairman of the Board Bob Elliott. “We would like to thank our partners for their support of the NBRPA and look forward to making this year’s All-Star festivities the very best.”

Media wishing to attend or cover any NBRPA events may contact Paul Corliss at 917-621-5744. For a full schedule of NBRPA activities in Houston, please visit www.legendsofbasketball.com/allstarweekend2013/.