NBA legends Give Back to Las Vegas Community with Free Basketball Clinic

December 3, 2012

Las Vegas chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association to host basketball clinic at Whitney Elementary School

LAS VEGAS – December 4, 2012 – The Las Vegas chapter of the National Basketball
Retired Players Association, including Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, Stacy Augmon,
Keith Starr, Mike Brown, Doug Lee, Larry Johnson, James "Hollywood" Robinson
and Spencer Haywood, among others, are partnering together with the JYD Project,
Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Whitney Elementary School's Village of Hope
to fight childhood obesity. The legends will assist the children of Whitney Elementary
School with an hour-long basketball clinic and Q&A session on health and wellness
on Wednesday, Dec. 19, beginning at 4 p.m. at the John C. Kish Boys & Girls Club in
Henderson, NV.

“I’m happy to announce the collaborative efforts of the JYD Project and the Las
Vegas Chapter of Retired Players,” said Jerome Williams, Las Vegas Chapter
President. “Committing time and resources to our youth is a very important endeavor and
it is something myself and the Retired NBA Players take seriously.”

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest issues addressing youth today, as the number of
obese children in the United States has more than tripled over the past 30 years. Obese
youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as high
cholesterol and high blood pressure.

“We are elated to have NBPRA as one of our partners,” said Sherita Diaz, Program
Coordinator of Village of Hope. “They have reached out to our kids and families in
a special way. We know their involvement this holiday season is going to not only
encourage our kids to be more active and health conscious, but also put smiles on their
faces. Knowing people they looked up to really care about them is what matters most.”

About National Basketball Retired Players Association

Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave
Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the National Basketball Retired Players Association
(NBRPA) is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players
of the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. Nearly 20 years old, the Association
provides a host of programs, services and benefits designed to help retired basketball
players and their families successfully navigate life after the game. In support of its
membership, the NBRPA proactively offers a full menu of education, health, finance and
career/life transition benefits to retired basketball players and their families. Working
in conjunction with the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the
NBRPA’s membership promotes basketball and enhances the sport’s image by building
community relationships and fostering support for charitable activities and philanthropic
events with a connection to the game. Visit for more

About JYD Project
The JYD Project’s vision is to work with community partners, athletes, educators and
professionals to influence and motivate youth to excel academically, sustain a healthy
lifestyle and increase their spiritual faith. The JYD Project raises and issues funds to
initiate & support programs that service youth and young adults. Youth throughout North
America benefit through community partnerships endorsed by former NBA star and
Community Ambassador Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams. JYD Project programs
focuses on a range of topics, including Global Citizenship/ Work Readiness, "Ready for
Exit" / Student Motivation, Financial Literacy / Chase Your Dream, Health & Fitness
(Boot Camps), I Am Media (Mentorship) and Thanksgiving & Christmas Toy Drive.
Visit for more information.

About Village of Hope
Village of Hope Las Vegas is an afterschool program located on site at Whitney
Elementary School that provides wraparound services to students and their families.
These services are offered to remove barriers and help our families be successful in the
academic and social arenas.

Village of Hope Las Vegas and Whitney Elementary work very closely with students and
their families providing an environment that is safe and warm, giving them positive and
healthy alternatives to gangs, drugs, violence, and destructive behavior.

Services offered at Village of Hope Las Vegas are an extension of services provided by
Whitney Elementary School, which include but are not limited to: Case Management,
After-School Tutoring, Credit Retrieval, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Emergency
Financial Assistance, Crisis Intervention, Job Training, Family/Parenting Classes, ESL
Classes, Mentoring, Youth Empowerment Programs, Self-Esteem building activities,
Education through Arts and Crafts, and referrals as needed

About Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and
enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence,
usefulness, belonging and influence.

Here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, our mission is to enable all young people,
especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring,
responsible citizens.

Our core programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family
members that enable them to reach their full potential. Based on the interests and needs
of the boys and girls they serve, clubs offer diverse program activities in five areas:
Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, The Arts,
Sports Fitness and Recreation, and Health and Life Skills.

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