October 10, 2016

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) brought its Full Court Press: Prep For Success program to the Boston YMCA on Saturday, October 8 along with partners the Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Wintrust Bank and Leadership Foundations. The Boston YMCA was founded in 1851 and was the first Y in the United States of America, an entity that now has approximately 2,700 local programs throughout the country.

On hand to help host the clinic were Legends Dwight Davis, Wes Matthews, Bob Bigelow, and Adrienne Goodson.

The former players spent the day assisting the kids with multiple activities throughout the day including on-court basketball drills while Leadership Foundations and Wintrust Bank held three classroom sessions focusing on life skills and financial literacy, respectively.

Former WNBA All-Star Adrienne Goodson came away very impressed after participating in her first Full Court Press. “I hope that the kids can go home and practice their skills in their driveway even if they do not live near a basketball court,” said Goodson. “We promote good sportsmanship, discipline, and respect for the coaches. It is important to develop your character every day.”

The Full Court Press program features the Jr. NBA curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of the game in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

“Every kid was working hard,” said Wes Matthews. “My highlight was their camaraderie as well as watching all the counselors work together. I hope they learned that their dreams can come true. Kids have to understand the importance of a good work ethic and the right attitude to be successful in their lives and do the right things.”

To cap off a great day and event, officials from Wintrust mentored the Legends, treating the players out to dinner and informing them of the ways they help NBRPA members in their post-basketball careers.

To view pictures from the Boston Full Court Press, click here.

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