November 6, 2015

Members and officials from the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to Chicago Police Academy this Sunday. The program combines on-court development with off-court workshops in life and career readiness, all delivered by former professional players.

Joining the program in Chicago will be former players Jeff Sanders, Emmette Bryant, Kenny Battle and Jim Grandholm.

Sanders was a first round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1989 and played four years in the NBA. Bryant is a legendary DePaul icon and helped the Boston Celtics win the 1969 NBA Championship. Battle is a former member of the University of Illinois “Flying Illini” basketball team and led them to the NCAA Final Four in 1989. Grandholm played professional basketball in Italy before joining the Dallas Mavericks in 1990.

The players will help assist underserved Chicago boys and girls in on court activities as well as classroom and mentoring projects. The NBRPA will be joined alongside its partners from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Wintrust Community Banks and Ginsberg Jacobs Law Firm and Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL).

The goals of these programs are to help introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life.
About FULL COURT PRESS: Prep for Success
A youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, in cities across the United States. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum.

Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a joint initiative of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), NBA Cares, the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), Leadership Foundations (LF) and Jobsy Wobsy. This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and includes four former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and includes from all three partners.