NBRPA Legends Honored for their Contributions To civil and human rights

January 16, 2018

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Basketball Retired Players Association joined forces with the rest of the basketball community to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Four NBA and WNBA legends participated in this year’s events: Swin Cash, Penny Hardaway, James Worthy and newly-elected NBRPA Board Director Sam Perkins. Each Legend was recognized on Monday, January 15, 2018 with the 13th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award for their dedicated contributions to civil and human rights and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their careers in sports. This past weekend, the events in Memphis included the annual symposium, a museum conversation and a Jr. NBA event, each of which Cash, Hardaway, Perkins and Worthy played a large roll in. On Saturday, the Grizzlies and the Jr. NBA conducted a 3-on-3 MLK Jr. NBA Tournament, teaching fundamentals and the values of the game to boys and girls ages 14 and under. Special guests, including Cash and former NBA players Jason Collins and Mike Miller, hosted a panel conversation during the grassroots tournament. On Sunday, Cash, Hardaway, Perkins and Worthy, among other special guests, toured the National Civil Rights Museum and participated in a community conversation hosted at the museum. The conversation focused on issues at the intersection of race and sports. Cash, Hardaway, Perkins and Worthy were then presented with the Sports Legacy Award by the Hyde Family Foundations prior to the Grizzlies vs. Lakers matchup.