NBRPA heads to Charlotte with support from Aetna

November 14, 2014


Aetna to support National Basketball Retired Players Association & Police Athletic/Activities League as part of ‘Full Court Press: Prep for Success’ Program

CHARLOTTE – Former NBA All-Stars Alex English, Xavier McDaniel, Sleepy Floyd as well as former WNBA All-Star Andrea Stinson and former Charlotte Hornets standout Johnny Newman headline a star-studded roster of former professional basketball players participating in a basketball and life skills clinic for underserved youth on November 22 by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). The event, presented with support from Aetna, is part of the NBRPA’s and PAL’s touring “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” empowerment series.

The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the PAL recreation facility, located at 1330 Spring Street in Charlotte. Participating children will be selected by PAL.
Johnny Newman, a former standout with the Charlotte Hornets, will lead the event with support from English (Hall of Famer/8-time NBA All-Star/Denver Nuggets), Xavier McDaniel (Seattle Supersonics/New York Knicks), Eric “Sleepy” Floyd (Golden State Warriors/Houston Rockets) and former Charlotte Sting star Andrea Stinson (8-year WNBA career).

The participants, ages 10 to 16, will spend half their day learning on the court and half their day in the classroom. As part of the classroom program, Aetna will present a healthy eating and nutrition lesson to the youngsters.

The event will open with press availability at 9 a.m., followed by the basketball clinic.

WHO: Former NBA standouts Alex English, Xavier McDaniel, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd and Johnny Newman, along with former WNBA great Andrea Stinson.

WHAT: A basketball and life skills clinic presented to approximately 150 pre-selected Charlotte youth, ages 10 to 16, conducted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), with support from Aetna.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Charlotte PAL, 1330 Spring Street, Charlotte, NC

Media wishing to cover the youth basketball and life skills clinic on Nov. 22 should contact Paul Corliss, NBRPA Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at 917-621-5744 or pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com.

All participating former players will be available for media interviews on site.

About Full Court Press: Prep for Success
Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a full-day basketball and life-skills clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, held in cities across the United States. The program is designed to provide youth with a day-long learning session of basketball and life skills, followed by regular follow-up contact to encourage life-long habits that lead to good physical and mental health. This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and works with children ages 10-16. Life skills sessions include nutrition, cyber safety, anti-bullying, financial literacy, health & wellness and more. Currently, the program is a joint initiative of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the Police Athletic Association (PAL), with support from partners including Aetna, LexisNexis and the Atlanta Police Foundation.

About the National Police Athletic/Activities League
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18.

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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Dwight Davis, Spencer Haywood, Nancy Lieberman, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

About Aetna
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 45 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.