May 10, 2017

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) brought its Full Court Press: Prep For Success program Dallas, Texas at the Lakewest YMCA on Saturday, May 6 along with partners Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth.

The Dallas clinic included legends Steffond Johnson, Ashley Robinson, Morlon Wiley, and Michael Williams. The former players spent the day assisting the kids with multiple activities throughout the day including on-court basketball drills, mentoring roundtables, and classroom sessions.

Johnson enjoyed his chance to coach the kids. He remarked, “Coaching is just like anything else: you need buy-in from your players so you have to know your audience and tailor your message to the goals you want to accomplish. I just want all of the kids to have fun.”

Wiley has participated in various Full Court Press clinics before and credits it as one of his favorite things about being a member of the NBRPA. When asked about why he enjoys being a member of the NBRPA, he said, “I saw some of the programs the NBRPA offered (when I first joined) but the main thing was the fellowship you enjoy with everyone else. To get to rub elbows with legends like Julius Erving and Magic Johnson and then develop a personal relationship with them is great.”

Meanwhile off the court, NBRPA partners PAL, Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth assisted with applicable discussions and teachings in the classroom. Officials from each organization worked throughout the day with an ultimate goal of creating stronger and safer communities for all.

The productive day proved to be a big success and a joyous time was had by all of the participating youth.

The Full Court Press: Prep for Success program will next visit Atlanta this weekend at Discovery High School.

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 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.