December 18, 2012

CHICAGO, ILL. – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, today announced a new partnership with the Retired Professional Athletes Group (RPAG Sports). This new relationship is designed to provide additional member benefits to each organization as the NBRPA and RPAG Sports work in tandem to assist former professional basketball players as they transition into life after the game.

“The NBRPA and RPAG Sports are both service organizations designed to assist former athletes and their families as they move on with the next chapter of their lives,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “We are excited to align our Association and Membership with RPAG Sports for what promises to be a mutually beneficial relationship.”

The objective of RPAG Sports is to provide a support system for athletes as they retire and enter life after professional sports. This is achieved by providing a variety of services to its members, including access to affiliated law firms and tax advisors, as well as the RPAG Sports Marketing Division. In addition, RPAG Members may access "First Call" – a hotline equipped with experts to answer questions and offer guidance on a myriad of issues important to the retired professional athlete, such as major purchases, business opportunities, etc. RPAG Members also receive discounts from various national retailers.

The NBRPA’s membership consists of nearly 600 former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players. With a dual mission of transitioning former professional basketball players into life after the game and serving the community-at-large as ambassadors to the game of basketball, the NBRPA’s ideology falls in line with that of RPAG Sports. As partners, the NBRPA will work with RPAG to provide additional services and benefits to its membership.

“We are excited to partner with the NBRPA and its dynamic leadership,” said Tony Francis, Managing Member for RPAG Sports. “By combining our strengths, the retired athlete will have access to an ever-increasing array of services.”
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 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 Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice Chairman Otis Birdsong, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past President Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Thurl Bailey, Harvey Catchings, James Donaldson, Johnny Newman, LaRue Martin and Danny Schayes.