FIU Health to insure retired players and families

The National Basketball Retired Players Association will now be receiving support from FIU Health.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, an announcement was made of a partnership between FIU Health, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Faculty Group Practice and the NBRPA. The partnership will now allow for both uninsured and underinsured members and spouses of the NBRPA to receive health and wellness physicals.

Some members in attendance included Dr. John Rock, Founding Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine; Otis Birdsong, Chairman of the Board, National Basketball Retired Players Association; Dr. Fernando Valverde, CEO, FIU Health Care Network; Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman, NBRPA; George Tinsley, Past Chairman, NBRPA; Sam Vincent, Player Ambassador, NBRPA; Arnie Fielkow, President and CEO, NBRPA

The NBRPA, with partnership from the National Police Athletic League, will host youth basketball and mentoring clinics for more than 150 local at-risk youth as part of its Full Court Press: Prep for success program in Miami on Sept. 28.

The NBRPA is currently comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA. It is a non-profit organization, with its goal to assist former players in their transition from the court to life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and the youth through basketball.

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