Founded in 1992 by NBA Legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson, the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is a non-profit association comprised of former professional basketball players of the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters. We are the only alumni association of its kind supported directly by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).


The National Basketball Retired Players Association’s mission is to assist members’ transition from the playing court  into life after basketball. The NBRPA develops, implements and advocates a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. As ambassadors to the sport of basketball, the NBRPA and its members promote the game and enhance the community through clinics, charitable outreach and other grassroots initiatives in the United States and abroad.


With energetic corporate leadership and a unified Board, the future has never been brighter at the NBRPA.  Now more than 20 years old, the Association 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 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.


The NBRPA has five core assets:

1)      Membership – The NBRPA has more than 500 members that played in the NBA, ABA or with the Harlem Globetrotters (including the game’s greatest players of all time).

2)      Access – The NBRPA serves as the premier, central contact point for all NBA retired players.

3)      Events – The NBRPA hosts several charitable, corporate and private events annually, including cornerstone community events during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, as well as annual Legends World Sports Conference each summer.

4)      Legends Care ™ – The 501(c)3 charitable arm of the NBRPA is dedicated to youth programs and additionally addresses several social and economic issues membership faces in life after basketball.

5)      Chapters – With local branches in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, South Florida and Phoenix (with several more on the horizon), NBRPA Chapters bring the organization’s assets, visions and programs to local communities.