No Pain, All Gain

February 1, 2012

It’s not every day that you find a group of notable NBA Legends and an array of physicians in the same room. A room at the Waldorf=Astoria in NYC for that matter.

The stage was set for the “No Pain, All Gain” gala on October 5th at the Starlight Roof where the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) came together with the NYU Langone Medical Center to raise funds for the Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain (CSTP) and the Legends Care Charity. In an effort to help former athletes lead pain-free lives, the NBRPA and CSTP brought together an array of professional basketball alumni to show support for the cause.

Opening the event was Director of CSTP, Dr. John Delfino. Dr. Delfino began by explaining the purpose of the event and describing CSTP’s relationship with the NBRPA and the pain that retired athletes face every day. Pain is a silent epidemic. Approximately 70 million people in the U.S. live with serious pain and nearly 50 million are partially or totally disabled by pain.

Having over thirty one years of sports broadcast & commentary experience and an understanding of the nature of the event, no other master of ceremonies was more fitting than Emmy award winning sports host, Bob Costas. Costas led the floor throughout the night by making multiple assists and honoring several NBA Legends, NYU Basketball greats and notable NYU Medical Center physicians.

With NBA Legends, Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, George “The Iceman” Gervin and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe in the house, the Skylight Roof was closer to the stars than ever before. Along with these honorees there was a reunion of sorts for several NYU basketball greats. Standing side by side on stage and stealing the show was Malcolm Graham, Barry Kramer, Ray Lumpp, Calvin Ramsey, Thomas “Satch” Sanders and Dolph Schayes.

After all was said and done, the inaugural “No Pain, All Gain” gala truly exceeded expectations. It’s no wonder why this event was subtitled, “The feel-good gala of the year.”

NBRPA/CSTP (Transition Assistance Program)

The Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain (CSTP) at NYU Langone Medical Center and the National Basketball Retired Players Association have teamed up to service those members who suffer from acute and chronic disabling pain. The uniqueness and strength of the Center lies in its ability and experience in utilizing a multidisciplinary approach effectively; benefiting the patient by exploring alternative measures to preventing surgery. Patients are encouraged to be active participants in their own care. Patient education regarding diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation is an essential part of the program. The CSTP also offers the NBRPA Members personalized care with a special Concierge Admittance Service.