NBRPA gives back in Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans

April 8, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) made good on its promise to come back to New Orleans for a free youth basketball clinic and community event on Saturday, April 6 for families in the city’s Hurricane Katrina-decimated Lower Ninth Ward. The NBRPA teamed with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to help the City of New Orleans finish a full reconstruction of the basketball courts at Oliver Bush Playground in the Lower Ninth Ward with a $25,000 donation in August 2012 during the Annual Legends World Sports Conference. At that time, the NBRPA Board of Directors made a pledge to come back to New Orleans in 2013 to host an event on the new courts at Oliver Bush Playground that carry the logos of the NBRPA, NBA and NBPA.

The NBRPA’s community event at Oliver Bush Playground on Saturday, April 6 was presented by Dentons Law Firm, with additional support from the City of New Orleans, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and McDonald’s/Coaxum Enterprises. The NBRPA would like to thank these valued partners for helping make an impact in the Lower Ninth Ward community and allowing for an additional $8000 donation to the playground.

Saturday’s events included a dedication of the newly-branded NBRPA, NBA and NBPA courts, followed by a youth basketball clinic conducted by NBRPA Members, women’s college coaches in town for the NCAA Women’s Final Four and many local New Orleans basketball greats. The leader of the basketball clinic was New Orleans native and NBRPA Member Eldridge Recasner, who grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward and starred at Alfred Lawless High School before going on to an 8-year career in the NBA. More than 150 children participated in the youth basketball clinic, with many more citizens and children attending the community picnic at Oliver Bush Playground.

Media coverage for the event was widespread, with feature stories with interviews appearing on local CBS, FOX and NBA affiliates, as well as in the two major newspapers in the region. Below are select links to media coverage:

Baton Rouge Advocate:
http://theadvocate.com/news/5632553-123/nba-legends-teach-kids-at

WWL-TV (CBS):
http://www.wwltv.com/news/Retired-NBA-players-dedicate-Lower-9th-Ward-project-201834001.html

New Orleans Times-Picayune:
http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2013/04/national_basketball_retired_pl.html

SportsNOLA.com:
http://www.sportsnola.com/sports/hornets/595024-retired-nba-players-association-hosts-community-event-and-youth-clinic-in-new-orleans-on-april-6.html

Event photos at Facebook.com/NBAalumni:
http://on.fb.me/16IQ26P