November 14, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is proud to announce the commemoration of its 25th Year Anniversary Celebration.

Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the NBRPA is the only alumni association of its kind supported directly by the NBA and the NBPA. The NBRPA is also the only alumni association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters, and WNBA.

Originally founded to help early league players get full pension and other benefit programs, the organization now provides a full array of programs and benefits that transition players from the court to private life, and connect former players to community service projects and member chapters that mentor young players and students.

“We have achieved this milestone through hard work and dedication of our founders, officers, members, staff, and partners that exists throughout the entire organization,” said NBRPA President and CEO Arnie Fielkow. “Throughout the next year, we will be taking a look at where we started, what we have achieved, and what our plans are for the future. We cannot wait to share in all of our activities and celebrations with our NBRPA family.”

The NBRPA’s 25th Anniversary will be commemorated with a variety of special events and features on 25 different milestones, beginning with a rare walk down memory lane with the four living founders sharing their stories with NBRPA writer Jon Teitel, celebrating the contributions, achievements, and legacy of the outstanding organization they began. In addition, the year-long celebration will share the NBRPA’s historical achievements, from the signing of the first General Licensing Agreement to the acquisition of a pension plan that now includes any NBA player with at least three years of service. The NBRPA will also highlight the inclusion of ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players into the retirement association. Furthermore, the NBRPA will feature the numerous contributions their members have made in the community from Full Court Press: Prep for Success and Days of Caring events, to the building of basketball courts in numerous locations around the globe and everything in-between. The NBRPA will also be featuring some of their signature events from their Legends World Conference to their NBA All-Star Events. Regular promotions for the anniversary will be found at legendsofbasketball.com.

“What started off as with powerful plan from the ideas of our five founding members and it has now grown into one of the most successful and influential sports alumni associations in the world,” said NBRPA Board Chairman Thurl Bailey. “With nearly 900 members and a five-year licensing agreement with the NBA, the NBRPA’s future has never been brighter as we begin to commemorate our 25-year milestone.”