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Statement From NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts on Breonna Taylor

  • September 23, 2020

ORLANDO, FL, September 23, 2020 – "Sadly, there was no justice today for Breonna Taylor. Her killing was the result of a string of callous and careless decisions made with a lack of regard for humanity, ultimately resulting in the death of an innocent and beautiful woman with her entire life ahead of her. Our players and I once again extend our deepest sympathies to her family and we vow to continue working in her honor and to always say her name."

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PLAY FOR CHANGE - COMPOUND and NBPA Join Forces for a More than Basketball Collaboration for Social Justice

  • September 16, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2020 — NBA players have consistently been leaders of change in their communities, using their voices and their resources to bring attention to the ongoing episodes of social injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism across the country. On August 26, the players used their platform to stage a powerful protest, opting out of their games after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times by Kenosha Police in Wisconsin. This “pause” by the players caused another shift by forcing conversation and action to take place and many other sports organizations followed suit.

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MAYOR BARAKA, ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY DEVILS, PRUDENTIAL CENTER, AND NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (NBPA) HOST PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT VOTING PROCESS AND POLLING SITE FOR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

  • September 14, 2020

Newark, NJ – September 14, 2020 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Los Angeles Lakers star J.R. Smith, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and Essex County Board of Elections Clerk Linda Von Nessi announced in a virtual press conference today that the Prudential Center will serve as a “Super Polling Site” for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election pending final vote by the Essex County Board of Elections. It would accept ballots on Election Day, provide residents with opportunities to register to vote in September, and serve as a location to assist Newark residents with filling out and returning 2020 US Census forms by the September 30 deadline.

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NBA Athletes Robert Covington and Luol Deng Partner with Own Our Own to Initiate Community Development Project in South Side Chicago

  • September 10, 2020

Chicago, IL (Sept. 10, 2020) – Own Our Own, an inner-city focused real estate fund, today announces its first Chicago-based project in partnership with Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington and former Chicago Bull and 2-time All-Star Luol Deng. Former players Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Matt Barnes are also investor-partners. The impact investment project aims to transform a South Side of Chicago neighborhood through an affordable housing and community development initiative that will improve quality of life through increased public safety and access to critical social services.

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Dove Men+Care and National Basketball Players Association Partner on Commit to C.A.R.E Now Initiative

  • September 14, 2020

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., September 14, 2020 – Inspired by actions taken by the members of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in support of racial and social justice, Dove Men+Care and the NBPA are announcing today a landmark partnership to help create a society where Black men and young men are cared for, respected, supported and protected. The Commit to C.A.R.E Now Initiative will showcase, honor and celebrate the humanity of Black men while addressing a number of issues such as public safety, safe and fair voting, community engagement and the accurate portrayal of Black men in media.

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The NBPA Launches “The Pledge” to Drive Voter Participation and Civic Engagement

  • September 22, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, September 22, 2020 – As players use this season restart as a platform to bring attention to social justice and racial inequality, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in partnership with Champion Athleticwear and DoorDash, is inviting fans to take The Pledge as a commitment to drive voter participation and civic engagement. In taking the pledge, fans will have an opportunity to choose an action item(s) from the NBPA’s The Pledge list to ensure their voting eligibility ahead of the 2020 election. Action items include but are not limited to, checking your voter registration status, completing a voter registration form and requesting an absentee ballot.

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NBPA x Famer

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is excited to announce a new partnership with Famer, the sports coaching and mentorship mobile platform, which will allow professional players, pro skills trainers and grassroots coaches to create and share custom personal training videos and communicate with kids for free.

The new NBPA channel on Famer will feature basketball skills training as well as strength and conditioning workouts and mental performance tips giving athletes the opportunity to learn from and train with the best players and trainers in the world.

Now you can Train with Us from anywhere at The NBPA Training Ground.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Step 1: Download the Famer app to your mobile phone

Step 2: Create your player card and tap on the "Club" icon

Step 3: Select NBPA Training Ground Presented By Spalding

Step 4: Finish creating your player card and select "Famer Play"

Step 5: Select "Begin Training" then begin Training With Us!

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The NBPA celebrates 65 years protecting and supporting the rights and talents of its players.
Learn more about how the union came to be through an interactive historical timeline.

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