February 15, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni, announced plans for a new, 12-city nationwide youth basketball and mentoring program in conjunction with the National Police Athletic League (PAL) and National Urban League (NUL). The program, Full Court Press: Prep for Success, will include a day-long youth basketball and life skills clinic conducted by NBRPA Members in each market, combined with a year-round mentorship program for each youngster that participates in the day-long session.

“We are excited to team with the National Police Athletic League and National Urban League to make an impact on the lives of at-risk youngsters and thank them both for their support of Full Court Press: Prep for Success,” said NBRPA CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “As the lifeblood of our non-profit association, NBRPA Members – former professional basketball players at the highest level – are philanthropic ambassadors for the game of basketball and this new program falls perfectly in line with their desire to give back to youth.”

In 2013, NBRPA Members will conduct basketball and life skills clinics in the following 12 markets: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia and Seattle. The program was ceremoniously launched during NBA All-Star 2013 with a press conference prior to the NBRPA Houston Chapter’s “Kids Get Fit” basketball clinic at Jack Yates High School (located at 3703 Sampson St., Houston, TX 77004) at 9:30 a.m. on February 15.

“National PAL is excited about the partnership with the NRBPA and NUL and the opportunities the partnership will bring to the youth in America,” said Mike Dillhyon, Executive Director for National PAL. “This partnership and program is all about the kids.”

At least four NBRPA Members will serve as coaches for each clinic, providing expert basketball instruction with an underlying message that encourages positive lifestyle choices. The National Police Athletic League and National Urban League, meanwhile, will collaborate to develop a life skills and mentoring program that will provide each clinic participant with a lasting role model to encourage long-term character development.

"We at the National Urban League and our 98 affiliates work with disadvantaged youth throughout the country and the benefits of mentorship and positive role models are immeasurable," said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. "This kind of experience can be life-changing for young people. We are proud of our partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association and the Police Athletic League and we look forward to great success with the 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 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, Harvey Catchings, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin and Johnny Newman.

About the National Police Athletic 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, Mohammed Ali (Boxing), Larry Holmes (Boxing), Oscar Robinson (Basketball), Wilt Chamberlin (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 is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, there are nearly 100 local affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.