Retired NBA Players to Help Rebuild Communities on Goodwill Trip to Haiti Beginning October 21st
Retired NBA player and current Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, Olden Polynice, joins the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in their Goodwill trip to Haiti this month. Polynice and other NBRPA members continue their work with the Clinton Foundation to help rebuild devastated communities in Haiti. In arguably the most destructive hurricane season to date, widespread destruction of homes, crops, and infrastructure of Haiti has left the already poor country in a dyer state– one that the NBRPA and Clinton Foundation aim to improve.
Plans for the restoration were highlighted by President Bill Clinton and NBRPA President and CEO Arnie Fielkow in a Florida Philanthropy Summit held in March of 2013. In alignment with the Head and the Heart Philanthropy organization, the NBRPA hosted the second annual day long summit, with the focus of increasing support for their group restoration project in Haiti. The summit culminated with a benefit dinner featuring President Bill Clinton as a keynote speaker. The Clinton Foundation has continued to be a major supporter of rebuilding Haiti and is strongly committed to the country’s restoration. In his address, Clinton emphasized that with the advancements in technology and power of social media an individual voice can help, but a collective roar can rebuild. Head and the Heart Philanthropy and NBRPA believe that collaboration is an essential component to the successful restoration and improvement of devastated and/or impoverished communities. (BlackGivesBack.com).
About Olden Polynice:
Olden Polynice is a retired NBA player and current NBA trainer and sports radio host and commentator (The O Zone). He currently trains NBA Denver Nuggets player JaVale McGee (where he is featured on McGee’s upcoming OWN show Millionaire Mama’s Boy). He also trains USC Trojans player Renaldo Woolridge. Polynice has coached for NBA players such as Metta World Peace, Marcus Thorton, Jeremy Tyler and many others. He is also the Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti in alignment with the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. Polynice garnered notable praise and acclaim during his 16 year career on the court. He has played for the Chicago Bulls, Seattle Supersonics (twice), Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers (twice), Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons.
About Head and Heart Philanthropy:
Head and Heart Philanthropy was founded to connect philanthropists, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and non-profit practitioners. The goal of the organization is to address issues impacting communities of color within the United States and abroad. The first cohort convened on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2011. All participants in the cohort learn, share and develop blueprint around four key issues-Health, Education, Access and Opportunity and Media and Arts (HeadandHeartPhilanthropy.com).
About the NBRPA:
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, Harlem Globetrotters, and WNBA. The only alumni association of its kind supported directly by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) (LegendsofBasketball.com).
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