NBPA Partners with SWAC, SIAC to Create Top 50 Camp

First-Ever Top 50 Camp To Be Held At Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College

NEW YORK, NY, June 12, 2017­ — The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), in conjunction with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (“SIAC”) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (“SWAC”), today announced the creation of the Top 50 Basketball Camp. The Camp will take place July 20-23 at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. The inaugural camp will feature 25 of the best players from each Conference and is modeled after the NBPA’s Top 100 Camp. Players will receive skill development on the court from current and retired NBA players and, off the court, participate in leadership and life skills development sessions.

“Our members are excited to share their professional knowledge and life experiences with today’s student-athlete,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.

This unique partnership will cultivate and create coaching and talent pipelines for current and retired NBA players exploring transitioning into careers in intercollegiate athletics.

“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is honored to work with the leadership and members of the NBPA, as well as the SIAC, to bring this incredible opportunity to our stakeholders,” said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. “The most fulfilling piece to this is an opportunity for these future leaders to develop their academic and character compass, as they embark on their future on and off the court.”

The participants in the camp will take part in elite competition, featuring on-court drills and games and practices against the best players from the SIAC and SWAC, along with skill development sessions.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities often provide crucial ‘first chance’ opportunities to professional athletes seeking coaching and administrator opportunities in intercollegiate athletics,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “This initiative seeks to cultivate, institutionalize and ultimately broaden critically important talent pipelines, while also imparting invaluable skill instruction and mentoring to our student-athletes.”

“A key component of the camp will be the education series for the campers. The series will feature leadership development, understanding of off-the-court responsibilities and providing an overall educational experience the participants will be able to draw upon for the rest of their lives,” said Moore.

Camp participants and coaches will be announced at a later date.

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—from executive leadership roles to team representative positions to 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.

ABOUT THE SWAC

The Southwestern Athletic Conference is a Division I athletic conference located in Birmingham, Ala., consisting of 10 first-class universities (Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and A&M College, Texas Southern University and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff). Founded in 1920, The SWAC sponsors eighteen sports, eight for men and ten for women. For more information, visit www.swac.org.

ABOUT THE SIAC

The SIAC is a NCAA athletic conference headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and includes fourteen member institutions (Albany State University, Benedict College, Central State University, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Paine College, Spring Hill College and Tuskegee University). The SIAC sponsors six women’s sports and seven men’s sports, and is a proud member of the NCAA Division II.

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