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NBA alums Michael Harper, Slick Watts, Talvin Skinner, Vladimir Stepania, Craig Ehlo and Fred Jones to participate


The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program alongside its partners from the Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundations. As part of this very special collaboration with the NBA and its Jr. NBA program, four former NBA/WNBA standouts will be working with local youth, including:


Michael Harper: Played two seasons for the Portland Trailblazers. Serves as a board member for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Slick Watts: Undrafted in the 1973 NBA Draft, Watts went on to play six seasons in the NBA. In 1976, he led the league in assists and steals and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Talvin Skinner: After graduating from University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he was a two-time First team All-MEAC player, Skinner was drafted by the Sonics. He played two seasons for the Sonics. Worked as a player development coach for the Seattle Storm.

Vladimir Stepania: The first Georgian player to play in the NBA. After playing professional basketball in Slovenia for several years, he played six seasons in the NBA.

Craig Ehlo: Played 14 NBA seasons with the Rockets, Cavaliers, Hawks and Supersonics.

Fred Jones: Former Oregon High School Player of the Year. Played all four years of college basketball at University of Oregon where he was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection. During his eight seasons in the NBA, Jones played for the Pacers, Raptors, TrailBlazers, Knicks and Clippers. He won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2004.


All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public.  


The Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a single-day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 8-18, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum.  Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations as part of the Jr. NBA program.


This touring program visits more than 10 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. In order to expand the impact of the Full Court Press program, parties from the NBRPA, Jr. NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations are also working to expand the clinics to more American cities and programs in Israel, Cuba and Haiti. 


Media wishing to cover the upcoming Full Court Press: Prep for Success events may do so by contacting Jonathan Barnes or Devin Johnson for the NBRPA, at 504-897-6110 or 


WHO:                   NBRPA/Jr. NBA, National PAL, Leadership Foundation 


WHAT:                 Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring clinic, a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations. All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public.  


On- Site Contact

Mariam Kurdadze

Operations and Special Projects Coordinator, National Basketball Retired Players Association

(504) 458 –


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, WNBA 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 and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.


About the Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour

The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations, live events and interactive experiences, the Jr. NBA will reach five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada over a two-year period as part of its expanded efforts launched in October 2015.  The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations and longstanding community partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jewish Community Centers of North America, National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Special Olympics, and YMCA of the USA.


About PAL

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.


About Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform the cities in which they exist and serve. These local leadership foundations (LLFs) work to make their cities better by convening people and organizations from all of its sectors, building the capacity of others and creating joint initiatives that address their community’s greatest needs. Every LLF approaches this mission in a unique way according to their abilities and their city’s needs. At Leadership Foundations, we connect our global network of LLFs, develop their ability to accomplish more with others and equip them with tools to make change happen more effectively, more collaboratively and with greater permanence and impact on their cities.



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