NBRPA Feed the Children in Tucson

February 1, 2012

As part of an Arizona-based “Feed the Children” program spearheaded by former NBA All-Star Fat Lever, the NBRPA partnered with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona in a holiday giveaway of two semi-truckloads of food and supplies to 800 families who were pre-selected by the following agencies: Interfaith Community Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Tucson Urban League and Youth On Their Own.

"The feed the children organization and their sports partnerships program is a great asset not only to the sporting partners, but families in need and communities nationwide,” said Lever, a Tucson native. “There's no better feeling or rush you get from helping others when you can.”

Lever was joined in charity by NBRPA President & Chairman of the Board Robert A. (Bob) Elliott and Phoenix Chapter Co-President Bernard Thompson for the event. As part of the holiday giveaway, each family received:

- a 25-pound box of non-perishable food items

- a 10-pound box of essentials and

- a box of Avon products

“I live in Tucson and know first-hand that there are people in our community in need of support,” Elliott said. “It is very rewarding to team up with NBRPA leaders like Fat Lever and Bernard Thompson to give back during the holiday season.”

Tony Penn, President and CEO for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, echoed Elliott’s comments about the community and thanked the NBRPA.

“United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is grateful to the National Retired Basketball Players Association for helping us make the holidays a little brighter for more than 800 families in need in our community,” Penn said.  “Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that one-fifth of all Arizonans are living in poverty.  That’s why supporting your United Way is so important.”