TIME: Event begins at Noon 3 P.M. PRESS EVENT FEATURING JACKSON, MORIAL, FIELKOW, GLOBETROTTERS TO KICK OFF BASKETBALL CLINIC WITH THE KIDS
WHERE: OLIVER BUSH PLAYGROUND, 2500 Caffin Ave. in Lower 9th Ward
Civil Rigths Icon Jesse Jackson and Former New Orleans Mayor and current Urban League President Marc H. Morial have confirmed they will join this event hosted by the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni. This event is a free community celebration, youth summit and youth basketball clinic at Oliver Bush Playground in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans on February 15, 2014 from noon to 4 p.m. as part of its NBA All-Star Weekend activities.
Supported by the global law firm Dentons, this very special philanthropic event is collaboration between the NBRPA, National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), National Urban League, Dillard University, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the New Orleans City Council offices of James A. Gray and Stacy Head.
Details for this very special event are as follows:
WHO: More than 20 former NBA/ABA players, including Thurl Bailey (Utah Jazz), Rick Barry (Golden State Warriors), Otis Birdsong (New Jersey Nets), Willie Burton (Miami Heat), Harvey Catchings (Philadelphia 76ers/Milwaukee Bucks), Dwight Davis (Cleveland Cavaliers/Golden State Warriors), Bob Elliott (New Jersey Nets), Steve Hayes (Cleveland Cavaliers), Spencer Haywood (Seattle Supersonics/Los Angeles Lakers), La Rue Martin Jr. (Portland Trailblazers), Johnny Newman (Charlotte Hornets/Milwaukee Bucks), Eldridge Recasner (New Orleans native/Atlanta Hawks), Marvin Roberts (Denver Rockets/Los Angeles Lakers), George Tinsley (Kentucky Colonels/Washington Capitols), Sam Vincent (Chicago Bulls/Orlando Magic), Slick Watts (Xavier University of New Orleans/Seattle Supersonics) and Morlon Wiley (Orlando Magic/Dallas Mavericks)
WHAT: Free community lunch from McDonalds followed by a youth summit conducted by Dillard University and youth basketball clinic conducted by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League.
WHEN: February 15, 2014. Timing is as follows: 12-2 p.m. Community Celebration with lunch provided by McDonalds 2-3 p.m. Youth Summit conducted by Dillard University 3-4 p.m. Youth basketball clinic conducted by the NBRPA, PAL and National Urban League
WHERE: Oliver Bush Playground (2500 Caffin Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70117)
TO PARTICPATE: All events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Youngsters wishing to participate in the basketball clinic will need a parent or guardian, aged 18 or older, on-hand to sign a waiver form. The basketball clinic is part of the NBRPA’s signature FULL COURT PRESS: Prep for Success program with PAL and the Urban League that focuses on developing youngsters both on and off the court. A very special media announcement related to this program will take place at Oliver Bush Playground just before the basketball clinic begins at 3 p.m.
Media wishing to cover the pre-clinic press event or the youth basketball and mentoring clinic on February 15 should contact Paul Corliss, NBRPA Vice President of Marketing & Communications, at 917-621-5744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball. 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, National Basketball Players Association and WNBA. 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, La Rue Martin Jr. and Johnny Newman.