NBRPA HOLDS FULL COURT PRESS AT CHICAGO POLICE ACADEMY

November 10, 2015

On Sunday, November 8, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, brought its Full Court Press: Prep For Success program to the Chicago Police Academy.

The Full Court Press is a single-day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls held in cities across the United States and abroad that visits 10-15 cities annually. 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.

In Chicago, former players and life coaches spent the day assisting over 150 energetic and excited Chicago kids in basketball activities as well as classroom and mentoring projects. Legends who participated included Jeff Sanders, Matt Fish, Emmette Bryant, Jim Grandholm and former University of Illinois great Kenny Battle.

“Full Court Press is very important because we are giving kids an opportunity,” said Battle. “A program like this lets them know that anything you want to achieve in life is possible.”

The day was an extremely big success that shone a positive light for the city of Chicago. The NBRPA and its members were also joined by its partners from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Wintrust Community Banks, Ginsberg Jacobs Law Firm and Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). As well, local leaders, aldermen and a Cook County Commissioner helped participate in the day’s activities in encouragement to Full Court Press. Reverend Jesse Jackson also made a special appearance during the day to speak to the children and show his support for the Full Court Press program. Off the court, the Ginsberg Jacobs Law Firm conducted a classroom roundtable that allowed the children to hear about life beyond the basketball court. These classroom discussions help give kids tools to deal with everyday challenges and after interacting with the civic leaders, many of the kids came away very impressed.

Chicago stations WGN-TV and Fox 32 Chicago were on hand throughout the day to cover the special day. A recap of WGN’s great story can be viewed HERE

The NBRPA and its partners continue to look forward to spreading this progressive endeavor throughout different cities with the goal of making a positive impact on many kids lives like the ones made in Chicago this past weekend. The Full Court Press program will visit Miami and Memphis in the month of December.

About FULL COURT PRESS: Prep for Success
A youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, in cities across the United States. 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 National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), NBA Cares, the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations (LF) and Jobsy Wobsy. This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and includes four 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 falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and includes from all three partners.