OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE AND SUNDAY RECEPTION

July 18, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, kicked off the 8th Annual Legends World Sports Conference (LWSC) in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with their Opening Press Conference and Legends Welcome Reception on Sunday night.
 
The conference and reception featured NBRPA board of directors, members and partners to discuss the NBRPA’s mission and charitable events both domestic and aboard, and develop ways to further strengthen programs that help former players transition to a successful life after basketball.
 
“These are some very exciting times for the organization,” said NBRPA Board Chairman Thurl Bailey. “We have made a lot of strides in many years due to our leaders and we’ve had some great partners along the way.”
 
“We have a lot to be proud of,” said NBRPA Vice Chairman Dwight Davis. “Sometimes we sit back and are amazed because we never thought we would get the organization to where it is today.”
 
“The success and accomplishments the NBRPA has is a result of a collective group including the board of directors, chapter presidents and members,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie Fielkow. “We have 140 members here for the Legends World Sports Conference which is by far the most we have ever had. Las Vegas has opened its arms to the NBRPA over the years and we are very grateful for that.”
 
Following the press conference, members and guests enjoyed appetizers and beverages at the reception and used the opportunity to catch up with old friends and teammates.
 
At the reception, Fielkow  proudly remarked about the WNBA’s growth in NBRPA involvement in recent years, going from 10 members to 45 in the span of a few years.
On hand at the reception was wife of NBRPA Chapter Houston President Major Jones Renee Jones who announced the formation of the National Basketball Wives Association, formerly Behind the Bench.
 
Following the reception, the NBRPA hosted the private screening of "Full Court" The Spencer Haywood Story. The film chronicles Hall of Famer and NBRPA member Spencer Haywood and takes a look at Haywood’s personal and professional struggles along with the civil rights struggles of the time. Haywood and the film’s producers were on hand to share their experience on making the film and give their first-hand accounts of how the project came together.
 
KLAS-TV (CBS Las Vegas) was on hand to cover the event and spoke to NBRPA members about the importance of the Legends World Sports Conference. Also on hand was author/journalist Sam Smith of ChicagoBulls.com who took the time to speak with many of the legends who made this game about their playing days in the NBA including Dick Barnett and Spencer Haywood and journalist Rebecca Theim who spoke to NBRPA leaders about the organization and current events going on in the country and the organization’s involvement in bringing people together.
 
The Legends World Sports Conference continues Monday with the Legends Breakfast, Members Meeting, Breakout Sessions, Legends Ladies Event and much more.
 
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.