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Louisiana community: Humana, seniors and storms, Arnie Fielkow and basketball, Atchafalaya Heritage
Written by  // Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:15 //

nba-partnersIn today’s Bayoubuzz “Our Community”, it is time to remember that we are still in the middle of hurricane season and some of our loved-ones might be most vulnerable.   Also, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area has announced a driving tour focused upon the influence of water in our state.  Former New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow, who now heads the National Basketball Retired Players Association is back in town and in the region to help focus upon the memories of civil rights and to help our troubled-youths to find themselves through the game of basketball.

 Below are excerpts from press releases as received by Bayoubuzz.com

SENIORS AND HURRICANES

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded of the critical importance of planning ahead for hurricane preparedness.  This holds especially true for senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions -- those particularly susceptible to higher risks, in the event of a hurricane evacuation.

Humana will host a hurricane preparedness class for senior members on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from10 - 11 a.m., at the Humana Guidance Center in Baton Rouge (10330 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge.) We will cover important health information about being prepared in the event of a hurricane/weather evacuation.

Attached below are tips from Humana for residents to prepare and ensure their personal health and safety.

http://humana.wpengine.com/2015/05/hurricane-preparedness-week-staying-safe-staying-healthy/

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area—a program of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in the Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne—is developing a self-guided driving trail that will show visitors how water has shaped the unique landscapes, people and cultures of the ANHA’s 14 parishes.

“This unique trail will set Louisiana apart by adding another dimension to our already well-established ecotourism and outdoor recreation opportunities,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said.

Every site selected for a stop along the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail will be ecologically and historically significant and will provide visitors with the chance to explore the local environment. The project team will incorporate some existing hiking, biking, paddling and birding trails while also identifying future options.

“Our region includes numerous locations that are significant to Louisiana’s water story,” Debra Credeur, ANHA executive director, said. “Locals know these places, but the general population does not. By highlighting these sites in interactive and sustainable ways, we are educating visitors from near and far about how the land, water and people connect.”

Contractors hired to assist with the project are: Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects—project lead; Suzanne Turner Associates—site research, identification and selection; The Center for Planning Excellence—brand identity, website and promotion; LEO LLC—mapping and site selection; Stantec—circulation management and map development; and The Nature Conservancy—environmental policy development and natural resource management.

“This trail is a wonderful opportunity to use the ANHA’s beautiful landscape to foster learning and recreation,” Credeur said. “We are interpreting the environmental resources and also educating stakeholders about the value of protecting these natural treasures.”

The Trail, developed by funding from the National Park Service, should be complete by spring of 2016. Suggestions for potential sites can be submitted to www.waterheritagetrail.org

FIELKOW RETURNS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL RETIRED PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TO GIVE BACK TO YOUTH OF
NEW ORLEANS WITH 6Th ANNUAL YOUTH CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY TOUR & CLINIC EVENT

CHICAGO, ILL. – – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, will be partnering with the Jones Walker Law Firm, First NBC Bank, Entergy New Orleans, Friends of King Schools, WBOK Radio and the NORD Foundation to take underserved New Orleans youth on an interactive educational and fun Civil Rights History tour of Alabama on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The NBRPA will continue to give back to New Orleans youth during this timeframe with a youth basketball and mentoring clinic on Friday, July 24 (location TBD) as part of its Full Court Press: Prep for Success program that is supported by the National Basketball Association (NBA) through its NBA Cares initiative, the National Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundations.  

As part of the NBRPA’s 6th Annual Civil Rights History Tour, up to 200 participating youngsters, ages 11-16, will return to the world-acclaimed Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Historic 16th Street Baptist Church and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. New to the itinerary this year is a stop in Selma, Alab. – starting point of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights that ended tragically on March 7, 1965, when some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later, on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a "symbolic" march to the bridge. Eventually, civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery.

“As a non-profit charity dedicated to serving communities, the NBRPA is please to announce that we will once again be taking New Orleans youth through important Civil Rights sites in Alabama – this year’s new stop in Selma should be especially impactful to participating youngsters,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow, the former New Orleans City Council President and Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints. “I would like to thank our partners at the Jones Walker Law Firm, First NBC Bank, Entergy New Orleans, Friends of King Schools, WBOK Radio and the NORD Foundation for sharing the NBRPA’s dedication to educate our youth on diversity and provide historical perspective on equality that can be applied to all aspects of life.”

NBRPA Board Member Eldridge Recasner, who grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and starred at Alfred Lawless High School before going on to an 8-year career in the NBA, will join Fielkow and other chaperones on the Civil Rights History Tour. Recasner, who now lives in Seattle after a Hall of Fame collegiate career at University of Washington, is excited to return to New Orleans for this very important initiative.

“New Orleans will always be my home and I am thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to teach young people that could have been me a few decades ago,” Recasner said. “Programming that educates our youth about past societal struggles and the heroes that helped usher in progress are essential to the NBRPA Mission and I am proud to participate and support our Civil Rights History Tour as a Board Member.”

Details on the aforementioned second NBRPA initiative coming to New Orleans, Full Court Press: Prep for Success, will be announced in the near future. Coming to a yet-to-be-determined New Orleans location on July 24, Full Court Press: Prep for Success is the NBRPA’s youth empowerment and mentoring series that offers both basketball and classroom instruction for youngsters ages 10-16 in cities across the country.

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 Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

FULL COURT PRESS

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players, will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to Tulane University’s Hertz Center on Saturday, July 24, alongside its partners from the National Basketball Association (NBA), Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL),  Leadership Foundations and Jobsy Wobsy.  As part of this very special collaboration with the NBA and its NBA Cares Initiative, six former NBA standouts will be working with local youth, including:

Robert Horry: 7-time  NBA Champion with Spurs, Lakers and Rockets. Member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Robert Pack: New Orleans native (Alfred Lawless High School), 13-year NBA career, assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans
Eric “Sleepy” Floyd: NBA All-Star, 14-year NBA career
Donald Royal: New Orleans native (St. Augustine High School), 9-year NBA career

John “Hot Rod” Williams: Louisiana native, played collegiately at Tulane, 14-year NBA career

Eldridge Recasner: New Orleans native (Alfred Lawless High School), 9-year NBA career

All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public.  

Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a single-day  youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 10-16, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum. Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations as part of the NBA Cares initiative. JobsyWobsy adds a secondary life skills component of introductory resume-building and understanding of the job market.

This touring program visits 10-15 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session follows an NBA Cares template and falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

The NBRPA and its partners would like to thank Tulane University for their support of this very special event. Men’s and women’s basketball players from Tulane will assist with the on-court portion of the event.

Details of the New Orleans Full Court Press: Prep for Success session are as follows:

WHO:                  NBRPA/NBA Cares, National PAL, Leadership Foundation and Jobsy Wobsy

WHAT:                Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring clinic, a joint initiative of the NBRPA, NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations. All participating youth will be pre-registered by the NBRPA, PAL and Leadership Foundations – the event is not open to the general public.  

WHEN:                July 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:              Tulane University – Hertz Center (adjacent to Tulane’s football stadium)  

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 Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Marvin Roberts, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Past Chairman Robert A. (Bob) Elliott, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., Johnny Newman and Eldridge Recasner.

About PAL
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18.

About Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform the cities in which they exist and serve. These local leadership foundations (LLFs) work to make their cities better by convening people and organizations from all of its sectors, building the capacity of others and creating joint initiatives that address their community’s greatest needs. Every LLF approaches this mission in a unique way according to their abilities and their city’s needs. At Leadership Foundations, we connect our global network of LLFs, develop their ability to accomplish more with others and equip them with tools to make change happen more effectively, more collaboratively and with greater permanence and impact on their cities.

 

About JobsyWobsy (www.jobsywobsy.com)

JobsyWobsy, a free online career planning and management website, aims to aid and educate young people ages 10-18 about career options. The web site allows youth in middle school to begin exploring careers and continue during their lifetime. A key feature of JobsyWobsy is a private digital "briefcase" designed to assist young people in creating and storing necessary work-related documents. Among the many features of JobsyWobsy is a Learning Center with Career Exploration Information, resume building, college references, career planning resources, and a career course (under development) to assist with identifying and attaining career satisfaction. Through interactive technology-based tools, students can begin preparation for their chosen careers or explore potential careers, including multiple career options. The process begins with the writing of a

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