Houston Chapter, largest chapter in the country, along with Hall of Famers Elvin ‘Big E’ Hayes, Calvin Murphy, and Moses ‘Big Mo’ Malone, will host the NBRPA’s national 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.”
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 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.
During All-Star Weekend, the NBRPA will host the Legends of Basketball All-Star “Kids Get Fit” Community Basketball Clinic, celebrating Black History Month at Jack Yates High School and the YET Center 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 Soiree at Mercedes Benz of Houston Greenway, starting at 8 p.m. A star-studded crowd of more than 800 of Houston’s well-heeled will join Legends and Hall of Famers and celebrity guests for the hottest entertainment, and an exciting evening of fun, live music, complimentary food and drinks, and giveaways. Sponsors will be given photo opportunities with Legends in the red carpet media area for high-value commemoratives.
A portion of proceeds from the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend will benefit three NBRPA – Houston Chapter initiatives. The first is Project WET, a water education initiative, working with kids about the importance of managing, preserving and protecting water resources. The second 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. And finally is their Health and Wellness Education initiative, teamed up with local youth‐servicing agencies, such as the Boys and Girls Club, local charter schools, and other like-minded organizations teaching kids the importance of exercising and maintaining a healthy way of life.
More information about the NBRPA or the Legends of Basketball All-Star Weekend can be found at LegendsAllstarWeekend.com.
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.