Based on the experiences of its membership – NBA players – the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has learned that numerous unique and extraordinary situations challenge professional basketball players. Apart from the pressure of having to perform on-court, the NBPA has come to understand and appreciate the multitude of off-court situations that players regularly have to confront. How a player handles these off-court challenges can have as much of an impact on his career in the NBA and his future as his on-court performance.
The Department of Player Programs was established in 1993 to help players address these issues and help them to transition to life after basketball. Since its creation, Player Programs has made an impact on the lives of current and former players by providing them with educational programs and support services. In addressing NBA players’ needs and lifestyle concerns, Player Programs has acted to help players maximize their potential both on and off the court.