NBA & Legends Team-Up to Relaunch Full Court Press

May 13, 2015

The NBRPA will re-launch its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program alongside the National Basketball Association (NBA), Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundations at the Utah Jazz practice facility (Zions Bank Basketball Center) this Saturday, May 16. Started by the NBRPA two years ago, the program’s success in giving back to youth through on- and off-court mentoring by our Legends has been recognized as a signature joint initiative of the NBA and NBRPA that is now officially housed under the NBA Cares umbrella.

As part of this first collaboration with the NBA in Salt Lake City, NBRPA Chairman of the Board and former Utah Jazz forward Thurl Bailey, former Dallas Mavericks/BYU center Shawn Bradley, former Houston Rockets/Los Angeles Lakers/San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry, former Utah Jazz/Boston Celtics/BYU forward Fred Roberts and former Utah Jazz/BYU guard Andy Toolson will work with local youth from various community programs in Utah.



About Full Court Press

Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a five-hour youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum. Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations as part of the NBA Cares initiative. This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session follows an NBA Cares template and falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

Additional cities tentatively selected for Full Court Press: Prep for Success events in 2015 include:
Las Vegas
New Orleans
New York
Washington, DC

Dozens of other U.S. cities are included in plans for future Full Court Press events and international philanthropic clinics as part of the program are also being planned. Each event includes 4-5 NBRPA Members serving as coaches and mentors that are paid a small stipend for their time in giving back.

If interested in learning more about Full Court Press: Prep for Success, please contact Paul Corliss of the NBRPA at