NEW YORK, March 19, 2019 — Leading grassroots basketball brands – the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and Five-Star – announced today that they are teaming up this summer to elevate their shared vision and values of developing players, fostering quality and consistent competition, and giving back to the game.
The partnership will officially launch July 15-18 at the inaugural NBPA x Five-Star Camp, at Basketball City, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and will provide boys and girls, ages 9-17, with a structured basketball learning experience that emphasizes fundamental skill development, team participation and competition.
Campers will receive expert basketball instruction from top-notch coaches, including former NBA players and current union members, while going through Five-Star’s rigorous and renowned teaching stations. Each player will receive an NBPA x Five-Star uniform and a player evaluation card with direct feedback from their camp coach.
“We are excited about this collaboration and the impact it will have on the next generation of youth basketball,” said Dan Gladstone, the NBPA’s Senior Vice President of Grassroots Basketball and Business Development. “Combining our passion for grassroots basketball with such a historic camp in Five-Star, we are confident that this partnership will build a unique experience for campers and leave a legacy that will help to continue to grow the game we all know and love.”
“Over 500 Five-Star campers have gone on to play in the NBA, including many stars in the League today,” Five-Star’s Peter Robert Casey stated. “LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kemba Walker, Anthony Davis, and Trae Young, are all alumni. Partnering with the NBPA is a natural and obvious fit.”
The NBPA and Five-Star’s partnership is born out of a need and desire to ensure every basketball player can develop their skills, play on a great stage against appropriate competition, all in great venues and organized fashion. Future joint plans include single-day clinics and events targeting underserved communities. For a pair of companies that have been around for many years, it sounds like they’re just getting started.
On top of this collaboration, the NBPA and Five-Star will also be offering additional camps this summer in the New York City area as well as in other locations around the country. For more information, please visit https://nbpa.com/grassroots/ and https://www.fivestarbasketball.com/.
About the NBPA
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals — on and off the court.
The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities.
In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities – including executive leadership roles, team representative positions, and global community outreach initiatives. The NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.
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Over 53 years strong. Over 250,000 alumni and counting. Since 1966, Five-Star has been the undisputed leader in basketball instruction. Founded as the first-basketball specific training camp, Five-Star’s high-intensity curriculum, world-class teaching stations, and competitive gameplay are designed to foster fundamental skill development and help players maximize their potential. The camp’s list of playing and coaching alumni — including Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Bob Knight, Hubie Brown, John Calipari, Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan — are a Who’s Who of Basketball Royalty.