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HOUSTON HALL OF FAMERS JOIN ESTEEMED COMMUNITY LEADERS TO ANNOUNCE THE 2013 LEGENDS OF BASKETBALL ALL-STAR WEEKEND LINE-UP

National Basketball Retired Players Association Host Fun, Philanthropic Events Slated for February 14 – 17, 2013

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) – Houston Chapter, the largest chapter with the most NBA Hall of Famers in the country, will host its flagship event of the year, the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend in Houston, February 14 – 17, 2013. The star-studded, fun and philanthropic weekend celebrates the careers of its illustrious membership and highlights the impact African-American players have made on the game of basketball in honor of Black History Month.

“Since our inception, the NBRPA – Houston Chapter has set very high goals and standards to make a difference in the community, the world and the lives of our young people,” said Major Jones, President, NBRPA – Houston Chapter. “As hosts for this year’s event, we intend to help make this year’s Legend of Basketball All-Star Weekend the most memorable ever.”

To commemorate the announcement and to garner public support, NBRPA – Houston Chapter President Major Jones invited U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee, City Council Member Jerry Davis and City Council Member Wanda Adams to join him and Arnie Fielkow, NBRPA Chief Executive Officer and the Houston Sports Authority’s Executive Director Janis Schmees, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston YET Center at Finnigan Park Community Center.

Houston Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy were also on hand to rally support for the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend announcement and to give pointers to the Phillis Wheatley High School boys and girls basketball teams, who added to the festivities with a friendly scrimmage before the announcement.

The exciting line-up of events for the NBRPA 2013 Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon, with the 2013 NBRPA Legends of Basketball All-Star Celebrity Golf Invitational to be held at prestigious Redstone Golf Club, home of the PGA tour event Shell Houston Open, in a very special charity event. Hosted by Houston Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy, the NBRPA – Houston Chapter will offer a unique opportunity to interact and play golf with some of basketball’s greatest players. Each foursome will include at least one NBA Legend or Celebrity guest.

On Friday, Feb. 15, the NBRPA will host the Legends of Basketball All-Star “Kids Get Fit” Community Basketball Clinic, celebrating Black History Month, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Jack Yates High School; and three additional Legends of Basketball All-Star “Kids Get Fit” Community Basketball Clinics will be held simultaneously on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston YET Center at Finnigan Park.

The two-day program will teach kids the importance of exercise and a healthy way of life, and is part of the NBRPA – Houston Chapter’s partnership with local youth-servicing agencies to launch a program called “Kids Get Fit” to run during the NBA All-Star Weekend annually. The clinic is for middle school through 12th grade players, who will be taught various basketball skills by Legends of Basketball players and other professional basketball instructors. It will also focus on celebrating the contributions and impact of African-Americans on the sport of basketball in honor of Black History Month.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the NBRPA – Houston Chapter will host the Official 2013 Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend Red Carpet Gala at Mercedes Benz – Greenway, starting at 8 p.m. A star-studded crowd of more than 700 of Houston’s well-heeled will join Legends, such as Clyde “the Glide” Drexler,” Magic Johnson, and other Hall of Famers and celebrity guests for the hottest entertainment, and an exciting evening of fun, live music, food, drinks and giveaways. Sponsors will be given photo opportunities with Legends in the red carpet media area for high-value commemoratives.

NBRPA Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend is something that our members, partners and sponsors look forward to with great anticipation each year,” said NBRPA Chief Executive Officer Arnie Fielkow. “As an organization, it is our job to enhance the All-Star experience for our partners and sponsors. We accomplish that largely by engaging our members to host and interact with these groups.”

The NBRPA-Houston Chapter’s mission is to assist members’ transition from the playing court into life after basketball. The NBRPA develops, implements, and advocates a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters, and the community. As ambassadors to the sport of basketball, the NBRPA and its members promote the game and enhance the community through clinics, educational programs, charitable outreach, and other grassroots initiatives in the United States and abroad.

A portion of proceeds from the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend will benefit two NBRPA – Houston Chapter initiatives. The first is Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) with a water education initiative, working with kids about the importance of managing, preserving and protecting water resources. The other is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Initiative, working with STEM students and teachers to raise their games to the next level, helping to develop new products and processes that sustain American’s economy.

More information about the NBRPA or the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend can be found at:
legendsallstarweekend.com; nbrpahouston.org; legendsofbasketball.com; projectwet.org; stemedcoalition.org

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL RETIRED PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters.

With energetic new leadership and a unified Board, the future has never been brighter at the NBRPA. Nearly 20 years old, the Association provides a host of programs, services and benefits designed to help retired basketball players and their families successfully navigate life after the game. In support of its membership, the NBRPA proactively offers a full menu of education, health, finance and career/life transition benefits to retired basketball players and their families.

Working in conjunction with the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the NBRPA’s membership promotes basketball and enhances the sport’s image by building community relationships and fostering support for charitable activities and philanthropic events with a connection to the game.

By playing in the NBA, ABA or with the Harlem Globetrotters, NBRPA members helped build the game of basketball and – through the distinction of an on-court professional career at the sport’s highest levels – remain ambassadors to the game for life. NBRPA members embody the game long after taking the court professionally and put their notoriety to positive use as spokespersons and conduits of good will in the basketball community.

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