The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) Chicago Chapter held its annual celebrity gala and golf weekend September 29-30. The event was held just outside Chicago, Illinois at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, Illinois. NBC 5 Chicago’s Art Norman was the emcee for the Sunday night gala. Guests were treated to gourmet fare, signature cocktails, as well as decadent desserts. Luxury vacations, sports memorabilia, and other oncein- a- lifetime sports packages were auctioned off before the audience was treated to the soulful sounds of violinist Lee England, Jr.
“This is one of many vital partnerships that is extremely important to make life changing impact in our communities. The congruency of the NBRPA/APCC missions makes it even more impactful and powerful.” Harold Rice Board Member.
Former basketball greats Bill Cartwright, Cliff Levingtson, Artis Gilmore, Cazzie Russell, C.J Kupec, Chet Walker, Casey Shaw, Acie Earl, Sam Lacey, and Roger Brown were among the many celebrities who participated in the golf outing the next day. Students from Daniel Webster Elementary School from Chicago’s Lawndale community were treated to some introductory golf lessons, but not before receiving words of wisdom from several special guests. The students, ages 9- 13, were given life lessons on sportsmanship, business leadership, social media, and other life skills they can use as they continue their education.
Emmette Bryant, Vice President; “The caliber of sponsors, guests, and celebrity athletes who attended the NBRPA Chicago Chapter Gala/Golf event, highlighted our intent to produce quality special events coupled with meaningful youth initiatives”
Funds raised over the weekend will support the youth through the NBRPA Chicago Chapter’s sports & educational programs, and promote NBRPA Chicago Chapter’s partnership with Albany Park Community Center, Inc. (APCC). For 37 years APCC has responded to the needs presented in the incredibly diverse neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago. APCC takes every opportunity it can to empower the most vulnerable members of our community.
Partnering with APCC shows NBRPA Chicago Chapter’s commitment to make a positive impact in the community.
We at the NBRPA Chicago Chapter are very proud to provide our youth an opportunity to participate and interact with professional athletes during our weekend. Pres. Jeff Sanders For more information on how you can support NBRPA Chicago Chapter and its many programs, please visit our website at www.nbrpachicagochapter. org