PBAA MISSION STATEMENT
The Professional Basketball Alumni Association provides charitable, financial and educational opportunities for its members and world-wide neighbors by using basketball as a bridge for cultural exchange.
Mr. Oscar Robertson
The same drive and determination processed by “The Big O”, Oscar Robertson, to average a triple double (points, rebounds and assists) over 7 of his career 14 NBA seasons still exist today.
Before the NBA Players Union’s inception, NBA players did not receive the wide-ranging privileges and protections that exist today. There was no pension plan, no per diem, no minimum wage, no health benefits and the average player salary was $8,000. It was not until 1964, when the NBA All-Star team threatened not to play in the first televised All-Star game, that the players gained their first victory. As a result of the resolve of the union’s early leaders, including NBA Hall of Famers Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and Oscar Robertson, the owners finally recognized the National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) as the exclusive, certified labor union representative of all NBA players. Since then, there have been dramatic changes and the NBPA continues to evolve and adapt to the ever-changing challenges facing NBA players.
Oscar Robertson has proven “Alumni Never Retire”™. At 75 years of age, he diligently led a group of former NBA Players to focus on a long-term approach toward finding global opportunities and benefits for former professional basketball players.
One of the many results executed by the Professional Basketball Alumni Association (“PBAA”) is an insurance solution for not just former NBA Players but for of all former professional athletes and our Nation’s children and families. The co-branded insurance between PBAA and EHD believe all U.S. citizens should have an option for the lowest cost health and medical coverage.
The PBAA believes strongly in a long-term approach and a personal care philosophy toward our client base and our world-wide partners. We provide expertise firmly rooted in both business and the business of sport. Disadvantaged children and families around the world benefit from the business model that the PBAA has developed with our Alumni. The business model creates value for businesses, sponsors, governments and non-profits by partnering in the areas of:
· Business Development
· Charitable Activities
· Brand Awareness
· Basketball Development
· Public Relations
Charles D. Smith Jr.
The PBAA has been greatly supported by Oscar Robertson, Scottie Pippen, Earl Monroe, Mitch Richmond, Moses Malone, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Nate Archibald and George Gervin. The group and its Chairman and CEO, Charles D. Smith developed a different type of outreach and solutions for former professional basketball players based upon global revenue generating opportunities and goodwill.
Charles D. Smith Jr., a former NBA player and U.S. Olympian has become a proven business executive and entrepreneur. Mr. Smith lastly held the position of Executive Director for the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). The Association grew and reached its goals in fundraising, marketing, member relations and programs and services for its Members. Prior to joining the NBRPA, Smith served as a Regional Representative of Player Programs for the NBA Players Association (NBPA). In that capacity, he made an impact on the lives of current and former players by providing them educational programs and support services.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is completing his MBA at Seton Hall University.