NBRPA, PAL AND NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE TEAM UP TO HOST YOUTH BASKETBALL & LIFE SKILLS EVENT IN CHICAGO ON JUNE 14

June 9, 2014

Former NBA standouts Johnny Newman, Roger Brown, Dave Corzine,
Kenny Battle, Emmette Bryant, Jeff Sanders and Kevin Porter to serve as youth coaches

CHICAGO – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, will team up with the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and National Urban League on June 14 to host a youth basketball and life skills clinic in Chicago at the Chicago Police Academy from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is part of a national touring program for at-risk youth ages 10-16 titled FULL COURT PRESS: Prep For Success that is jointly administered by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League in cities across the country.

Former NBA standouts Johnny Newman (16-Year NBA Career), Roger Brown (ABA All-Star), Kenny Battle (4-Year NBA Career/University of Illinois All-American), Emmette Bryant (NBA Champion/DePaul), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls/DePaul), Jeff Sanders (Chicago Bulls 1st Round Pick/NBA Champion) and Kevin Porter (4-Time NBA Assist Leader/10-Year NBA Career) will serve as youth coaches for the clinic. PAL and the National Urban League will join forces with these NBRPA Members to conduct life learning sessions for more than 150 clinic participants, as youngsters aged 10-16 spend half their day learning on the court and half their day learning in the classroom.

The June 14 youth basketball and life skills clinic will open with press availability the morning of the event at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the basketball clinic.

Details for this very special philanthropic youth basketball event are as follows:

WHO: Former NBA standouts Johnny Newman, Roger Brown, Dave Corzine, Kenny Battle, Emmette Bryant, Jeff Sanders and Kevin Porter and more than 150 at-risk youth

WHAT: Press availability followed immediately by a free youth basketball and life skills clinic conducted by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League

WHEN: June 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Police Academy located at 1300 W. Jackson St., Chicago, IL 60607

Media wishing to cover the pre-clinic press availability or youth basketball and life skills clinic on June 14 should contact Paul Corliss, NBRPA Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at 917-621-5744 or pcorliss@legendsofbasketball.com. All aforementioned NBA players serving as coaches for the camp will be available for interviews.

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 & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Dwight Davis, Spencer Haywood, Nancy Lieberman, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

About the National Police Athletic/Activities League
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18. PAL Alumni include sports greats, Muhammad Ali (Boxing), Larry Holmes (Boxing), Oscar Robertson (Basketball), Wilt Chamberlain (Basketball), J.R. Smith (Basketball), Larry Johnson (Basketball), Thomas "Satch" Sanders (Basketball), John Thompson (Basketball), General Colin Powell, Congressman Frank Wolf, and entertainers Billy Joel, Bill Cosby and Jimmy Smits.

About the National Urban League
The National Urban League (www.nul.org) is an historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910, and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 95 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C. based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governances, fiscal responsibility and other best practices. Connect with the National Urban League on Twitter (@NatUrbanLeague).