October 17, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only national association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, announced today plans to partner with AthLife®, an organization aimed to service the education, career development, and life skill needs of athletes.

Through the partnership, AthLife will work with the NBRPA in developing necessary career development skills, along with one-on-one consulting on educational planning. With the support of an AthLife Advisor, Lifeletes™ are empowered to build their skills in the areas of career exploration, goal setting, resume building, networking and interviewing.

"Our partnership with AthLife provides a truly impactful resource to our members who are seeking assistance with continuing education and career development opportunities,” said Arnie Fielkow, President and CEO of NBRPA.

“Former NBA players have so much to offer the workforce and their communities,” said Jon Harris, President and Founder of AthLife. “When their playing career comes to an end, some need guidance as to how they can shift their focus and leverage skills from being the best in the world at one profession to building towards a successful career in another. AthLife Advisors work with Lifeletes to first identify, then build and promote fundamental skills and knowledge in areas where they have a passion so they can take on new career challenges.”

For more information, please contact Scott Rochelle at 312-913-9400 or or visit AthLife’s website at

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.

AthLife was formed in 2004 to service the education, career development, and life skill needs of athletes. AthLife’s approach is to guide the client through a process that builds skills and confidence, thus enabling them to assume control over their ongoing career development.

Currently, AthLife contracts with the NFL Players Association, The Trust (powered by the NFLPA), NBA Players Legacy Fund, and the Major League Soccer Players Union to assist their constituency with career development and continuing education needs.

On the collegiate level, AthLife has worked with student-athletes at more than 40 college and university athletic departments, primarily at Bowl Championship Subdivision (BCS) caliber schools from every major conference in the areas of education and life skill development.

To assist high schools student-athletes with success outside of the competitive arena, AthLife established the AthLife Foundation in 2010. With support from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, The Giants Foundation, Heisman Trophy Trust, Nike, Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, and the Aaron Taylor Impact Fund, we impact thousands of student-athletes each year.