NBRPA TO LAUNCH GROUNDBREAKING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS IN CONJUNCTION WITH FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

August 15, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association directly supported by both the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), today announced an exciting new educational partnership with the Florida A&M University School of Business & Industry to provide members with a special certification in business. As part of this groundbreaking partnership, Florida A&M will offer the “Life after Retirement – Growing Successful Business Ventures” Certificate Program to NBRPA Members beginning in October 2013.

The “Life after Retirement – Growing Successful Business Ventures” Certificate Program is an intensive, integrated four-weekend business boot camp series that will culminate with a bank-reviewed business plan for retired basketball players interested in starting and growing successful businesses. Self and life assessments to assist participants in dealing with various life stressors will also be included.

NBRPA Members may register for the program online here: http://www.cvent.com/d/p4qn31

“We are very excited to partner with Florida A&M’s School of Business & Industry for a wonderful program that will assist NBRPA Members looking to build a successful business career,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “Education and learning are the backbone of NBRPA programming as we help former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players transition into a successful life after the game.”

The intensive, sequential four-weekend business boot camps will be held the first weekend in October, the first weekend in December, the first weekend in February, and conclude the second weekend in March, with homework assignments between camps. The weekend boot camps will start at 1p.m. on Fridays and end at 4p.m. on Saturdays in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry.

Over the course of the four weekends, participants will be provided tools and frameworks for starting and enhancing business ventures in the areas of franchising, financial services, real estate, and insurance by engaging in interactive team-based case studies, reviewing balance sheets, and performing cash flow analyses. Former players that are successful entrepreneurs will serve as guest lecturers during the weekend boot camps. If participants complete all in-camp and between-camp assignments, at the conclusion of the series, they will leave with a sound business plan that has been vetted with business professors, Small Business Development Center certified business analysts, and bankers, and the “Life after Retirement – Growing Successful Business Ventures” Certificate.

For the inaugural “Life after Retirement – Growing Successful Business Ventures” Certificate Program, registration is free to NBRPA Members. Registered NBRPA participants also may receive two guest registrations at a nominal registration fee of $99 per person. Meals will be covered by Florida A&M as part of the program. Registrants unable to attend all four face-to-face boot camps may attend the weekend boot camps online and participate in the concluding March boot camp face-to-face to receive the “Life after Retirement – Growing Successful Business Ventures” Certificate.