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Behind the Bench – The National Basketball Wives Association

Our History

Behind the Bench, The National Basketball Wives Association formerly known as Women of the NBA was established in 1993, as a national non-profit organization by founder Deborah A. Williams, Ph.D. Its membership is composed of current and retired NBA players’ wives and life partners. As the first and only national player- wives organization, Behind the Bench’s agenda addresses the challenges that face our families, especially women and children. Behind the Bench raises money and devotes time to charities on a local and national level. Through heightened public and social awareness, members are able to reach into their respective communities seeking to profoundly enrich the lives of youth.

In June of 1995, the organizations Charitable Trust was established and is the cornerstone of Behind the Bench. Members volunteer to administer the Trust, thereby allowing more than 50% of all charitable funds to directly benefit targeted charities. Beneficiaries of Trust funds have included: The Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Children’s Assessment Center Houston, Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise and The Academy of Autism Orlando.

Mission Statement

Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association is committed to creating and strengthening internal and external alliances in order to impact and empower families by utilizing our network of resources across the country.

Our History

Behind the Bench members spent four days together in Miami for our annual conference. We began the weekend with a welcome night at the Fountainbleu Hotel where members had a chance to catch up with one another and also purchase some goods from the local vendors that were invited to attend. Our community service project was a day of mentoring over 100 young girls at Honey Shine, an organization founded by member, Tracy Wilson Mourning. We also had a luncheon hosted by our conference sponsor, Cary Hall of UBS Financial. Mr. Hall shared information that was very helpful in regards to planning now for our financial future. On our last night of conference, we had an All White party hosted by Worth Avenue Yachts on the GORGEOUS Hargrave Yacht. We had our awards ceremony, we danced to tunes played by the DJ that was onboard and had amazing food that was prepared by the onboard chef. Cocktails for the night provided by Grey Goose. Not only was the Hargrave exceptional, the staff was incredible as well. By nights end we were all discussing how we were going to purchase the Hargrave! Or at least vacation on it!!

All in all, the ladies of Behind the Bench had a wonderful time in Miami. Next stop, NYC

"Touching a Life" Luncheon

Behind the Bench, The National Basketball Wives Association, will be hosting the “Touching a life” Luncheon in New Orleans, LA during NBA All Star Weekend 2014. The event will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014 and include cocktails, lunch, live music and a silent auction.

Behind the Bench is reaching out to request items for our silent auction. Proceeds from this event will benefit Young Audiences of Louisiana, the leading provider of arts education and intergration programs in the state of Lousiana

All members of Behind the Bench are wives of current and retired NBA basketball players. Wives and husbands will be in attendance for the luncheon. In addition to the BTB members and their husbands, there will be many high profile players and invited guests that include, but not limited to, the owners of the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints, Tom and Gayle Benson.

If you would like to help by donating an item for our “Touching a Life” silent auction, please contact:

Shannon Wesley, DWF 2112 Belle Chasse HWY #11-303 Box 303

Gretna, LA 70056-7138

Shannon Wesley 713-530-8022


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