June 14, 2013

NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, along with members Ron Brewer, Marques Haynes, Danny Manning, Micheal Ray Richardson and Sam Sibert, led a youth basketball clinic for tornado victims at Moore High School in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma yesterday. Manning, head men's basketball coach at nearby University of Tulsa, brought his staff and players in to assist with the event.  The NBRPA also made a $5000 contribution to tornado relief in the area.

“Our event in Moore was rewarding and fun – hopefully our basketball clinic helped ease the minds of young people who have been through so much,” Birdsong said. “Thank you to all the NBRPA Members that participated and thanks to our Board of Directors for a unanimous vote to make a financial contribution toward tornado relief in Oklahoma.”

The youth basketball clinic was held in conjunction with the National and Oklahoma City Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) that are working with many children that were impacted by the recent tornado strikes in Oklahoma.

The event was covered both nationally and locally in the media, with Birdsong, Richardson and Manning all appearing on national FOX Sports Radio programs to discuss the event. Links to other media coverage are as follows:

ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/9385058/former-nba-stars-host-camp-oklahoma-tornado-victims

FOX-TV Oklahoma City: http://www.okcfox.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.ok/21f1c538-www.okcfox.com.shtml

Daily Oklahoman: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-tornadoes-former-nba-stars-otis-birdsong-micheal-ray-richardson-host-camp-for-tornado-victims/article/3849331

Norman Transcript: http://normantranscript.com/headlines/x1912985724/Basketball-clinic-helps-kids-who-went-through-tornadoes-overcome-their-fear

Norman Transcript (photo gallery): http://photos.normantranscript.com/EventPhotos/Moore-benefit-basketball-camp/29973856_gWcQxk#!i=2573913393&k=w3DC2SB

Courier-Islander: http://www.courierislander.com/sports/former-nba-stars-host-basketball-camp-in-moore-for-young-victims-of-the-may-20-tornado-1.321137

Wichita Falls Times-Record: http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2013/jun/13/former-nba-stars-host-camp-tornado-victims/

Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Danny_Manning_is_among_the_ex_NBA_players_conducting/20130613_94_B2_CUTLIN705502