DAVENPORT, Iowa & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only Association comprised of NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA alumni, announced a new higher education partnership in conjunction with Kaplan University. As part of this innovative educational partnership, Kaplan will serve as the NBRPA’s preferred higher education partner and provide 10 full college scholarships to NBRPA Members in 2015.
“Education is the backbone to success in life after basketball and we are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Kaplan University that will directly impact the NBRPA’s ability to assist our members in transition from the playing court into the so-called real world,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “With a degree from Kaplan University, our members will be equipped with the tools to build a second career in a multitude of professional fields after their playing days end.”
Founded in 1937, Kaplan University serves adult learners through a wide array of offerings and has more than 180 program offerings. In 2014 and 2015, Kaplan University ranked among the best Online Bachelor Degree Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Craig Collins, Senior Vice President of Kaplan University Corporate Development and Services, said, “A partnership like the one Kaplan University has formed with the NBRPA is not only a sound business decision but is also tremendously beneficial to the association’s members and the community at large.”
The NBRPA and Kaplan University will launch their innovative educational partnership at NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City later this month. In addition to serving as the NBRPA’s preferred higher education partner, Kaplan University will assist its graduates from the Legends of Basketball with relevant career service support. After launch, the NBRPA will work with its membership to find ideal candidates suited to take advantage of this ground-breaking opportunity for its members to maximize their potential in life after the game.
“Kaplan University’s expertise allows us to meet the NBRPA’s members where they are, at various stages in their life, and to assist them in reaching their educational and career goals,” added Dr. Wade Dyke, Kaplan University President.
About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President & CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, Vice Chairman Thurl Bailey, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Steve Hayes, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Past Chairman Dr. George W. Tinsley Sr., Rick Barry, Dwight Davis, Spencer Haywood, Nancy Lieberman, Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland and Missouri.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan’s higher education institutions serves approximately 61,000 students online and through 56 campus-based schools across the United States and offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.