NBRPA to Launch Education/Life Skills Program

February 1, 2012

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Transit Group, Ltd., Athlife, and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) – training and development organizations with a combined 50 years of experience working with professional athletes – to develop a comprehensive career transition program for former NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters players that make up the NBRPA’s membership.

“Our mission is to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit members as they navigate life after basketball,” said NBRPA Chief Executive Officer Arnie D. Fielkow. “We are thrilled to partner with the Transit Group, Athlife and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports to create a one-of-a-kind program designed to help former professional basketball players fully reach their potential off-the-court, after their playing careers have concluded.”

The NBRPA’s Career Transition Program will offer both Career Transition Coaching and Educational Coaching to members, with the following components included:

  • Career Transition Coaching:Services include career transition program design and coaching; career transition counseling; personality, work style and entrepreneurship assessments; entrepreneurship education; franchising education and plan development; personal marketing plans; resume development and review; internship placement; job-shadowing opportunities; electronic job searches; lead management; evaluating opportunities; completing a job search
  • Educational Coaching: Services include educational design and coaching; academic advising; transcript analysis; financial assistance counseling; learning styles assessments; classroom options vs. distance learning; graduate school search; graduate school application assistance; essay editing; tutoring.

“Transitioning from athletics is so unique in nature that it never really ends,” said Tom Kowalski, President of the Transit Group. “Professional basketball players are unique in both their personal backgrounds and experience in the world of work, and we will carefully coach and work with each player to NBRPA member to develop goals and make daily, weekly, monthly and yearly strides toward achieving them. We look forward to helping retired NBA players embark on new careers, maximize opportunities and reach their educational goals through this ground-breaking program.”

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 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 CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes President Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Vice President Danny Schayes, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Thurl Bailey, Otis Birdsong, Harvey Catchings, James Donaldson, Gregory “Bo” Kimble, LaRue Martin, and Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr. For more information, please visit www.LegendsofBasketball.com.

About the Transit Group Ltd

The Transit Group, Ltd. is a training and development organization that provides custom designed continuing education and career development services to current and former professional athletes.   Recognizing the unique educational and career challenges faced by professional athletes in transition, the organization focuses on developing the skills and abilities of its participants to prepare them to pursue their life’s goals. The Transition Group is based in Lake Zurich, Ill. For more information, please visit http://www.thetransitgroup.com.

About Athlife

Athlife launched in 2004 to provide educational services, life skills workshops and career resources to athletes from professional, collegiate and high school organizations. On the professional level, Athlife provides ongoing services to the NFL Players Association, Major League Soccer Players Union and Atlanta Falcons, and has executed programs with the NBA, New York Jets, and the San Diego Chargers. More than 40 college and university athletic departments, including 28 BCS conference schools, have contracted with Athlife to provide Athlife Study Skills featuring Total Recall Learning Technology and/or Athlife Skills. High school student-athletes benefit from Athlife Foundation’s programs and services, which currently serves 21 high schools in eight states, including seven through support of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. For more information, please visit www.Athlife.com.
About the National Consortium for Academics and Sports

The National Consortium of Academics and Sports is a non-profit organization comprised of over 240 colleges and universities. The mission of the NCAS is to use the power of sport to effect positive social change. The NCAS educates and empowers individuals and organizations by inspiring values-based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality. In addition to the development and implementation of programs and services that address critical social issues, the NCAS urges its member institutions to bring back, tuition free, their own former student-athletes who competed in professional sport and were unable to attain their degree during their athletic eligibility.  In exchange, these former student-athletes agree to participate in their institution’s community service programs. The National Consortium for Academics and Sports is located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. For more information, please visit www.ncasports.org.