May 16, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) brought its Full Court Press: Prep For Success program to Atlanta at Discovery High School on Saturday, May 13 along with partners Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth.

Legends participating in the clinic included Dale Ellis, Reggie Johnson, Carla McGhee, Gator Rivers, and Sedric Toney. While the Legends focused on basketball drills and lessons, the NBRPA partners focused on lessons that spurn off the court.

Lisa Thurau, Executive Director of Strategies for Youth, spent the day mentoring the kids on behalf of her organization. She boasted of the day’s activities and couldn’t help but to let her inner fandom come out, “The sound of a gazillion basketballs bouncing, kids shouting out answers to the Jeopardy games, meeting the players, and watching Jeff, Frank, Torrey, and Cornelius in action convinced me that this is the best way to spend a Saturday,” she said. “One of the young students expressed an interest in attending law school, and wanted to know what she should major in during college. She ended up leaving the event with an invitation for a law school tour and an opportunity to attend a constitutional law class! This is what makes Full Court Press such a great event and Strategies for Youth is happy to be a part of it!”

Former NBA Champion and fellow Atlanta native Reggie Johnson believes the Full Court Press clinics are an opportunity for kids to see that while basketball is a great activity to partake and invest in, there are other avenues in life that can prove to be just as rewarding and successful. “I have worked as a mentor to kids and am in my 20th year of community service to help get kids into college or teach them some type of trade,” Johnson said. “We want to help them become entrepreneurs. Studying is important but you can also have a career doing something like welding.”

Over 100 kids participated in the Atlanta Full Court Press clinic and the Legends and officials remained very engaged with all of them throughout the day. The Full Court Press: Prep for Success program will next visit Richmond, Virginia in June.

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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. Scott Rochelle is Acting President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Dwight Davis, Vice Chairman Mike Glenn, Treasurer Casey Shaw, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman, and Eldridge Recasner.