Ginsberg Jacobs Partners with NBRPA for Youth Basketball & Mentoring Clinic

CHICAGO, ILL. – – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, brought its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to Chicago Police Academy on November 8 alongside its partners from Ginsberg Jacobs LLC, Wintrust Bank, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). As part of this very special collaboration with the NBA and its NBA Cares Initiative, four former NBA standouts worked with local youth:

Jeff Sanders: Selected in First Round by Chicago Bulls in 1989 NBA Draft. Played for Bulls, Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks over a 4 year career

Emmette Bryant: Legendary DePaul icon and 1969 NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics. Played for the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves.

Kenny Battle: Led University of Illinois “Flying Illini” basketball team to NCAA Final Four. Enjoyed a 4-year professional basketball career where he played for the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

Jim Grandholm: Selected by Washington Bullets in 1984 NBA Draft.

Full Court Press: Prep for Success was a single-day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, 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.

Ginsberg Jacobs LLC led the the mentoring roundtable to discuss what it means to be a role model and a person of integrity, on and off the court. Participating members included, Sonny Ginsberg, LaTonya Ellis, Michaeline Gordon, Edward Quinlisk, Angelica Nizio, and Aleksia Culafic.

This touring program visits 10-15 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 Ginsberg Jacobs LLC and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session follows an NBA Cares template and falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

To see a clip of the event covered by WGN TV, please click here.


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