South Florida NBA Legends to host First Annual “Transitioning PAL“

South Florida NBA Legends of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) to host its First Annual Back to School Event titled “Transitioning PAL “on Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Aug. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- Miami, FL (August 12,2012)- The South Florida NBA Legends of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) of North Miami to host its First Annual Back To School Event titled “Transitioning PAL“ on Wednesday August 15, 2012  at the Christ Fellowship Church in Downtown Miami. Former players, who understand the challenge of transitioning from on the court to off the court, will participate in workshops designed to educate and inspire parents and youth ages 10-18.

Former Los Angeles Laker, Irving Thomas, now South Florida NBA Legend’s Chapter President, will be the Keynote speaker.  The goal of  the event is to counter statistics that forecast  3rd graders are not passing standardized testing, leading to only 61% high school seniors transitioning to college out of the 77% that actually graduate. Thomas, along with other Event Leads, will educate and inspire parents and youth on the importance of continued education and equip them with information, resources, and school supplies, all necessary components to maintain a healthy learning environment allowing youth to transition to higher education.

“This event will commemorate the New South Florida Chapter and its Initiatives. It will educate children and their parents on the power of self esteem, partnered with positive communication with parent enforcement, as the key to transitioning successfully in all avenues of life,” said Joyce Johnson of iOWNpr, the official PR and Marketing counsel to the new South Florida NBRPA chapter.

For information regarding partnering, sponsorships, interviews or appearances contact Johanne Cadet at (786) 529-1139 or by email at

About the NBRPA:
Nearly 20 years old, the NBRPA 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. Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the NBRPA is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters.

About the iOWNpr:
iOWNPr is a full service public relations, management, and business strategy consulting agency. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our client roster, with experience including the NBA, Universal Music Group, AT&T, Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week, NASA, YMCA, Ohio Lottery Commission, and an array of other national corporations, special events, consumer brands, high-profile individuals, and government agencies. Our experienced team of passionate communication strategists, supports clients’ visions while effectively communicating their message within the sought after markets. We attribute our success to not only our managements' over 20 year experience in the field of PR, marketing, entertainment, journalism, and business, but also our rich relationships with members of the media and industry decision-makers. iOWNpr is headquartered in Miami, FL and have affiliate offices in Houston and New York, with proven success in markets all over the United States
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