NBRPA And WBCA Health Screening At NCAA Women’s Final Four Plus WNBA Legends Coaching College ASG

NBRPA’s Nancy Lieberman, Janice Braxton, Cheryl Miller, & Cynthia Cooper to Join Current WNBA Stars Satou Sabally & Kelsey Plum as Coaches

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is once again conducting will conduct its impactful Health Screening Program during the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Convention to be held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Cleveland, Ohio. The acclaimed program will be available to all registered WNBA Legends and coaches attending the WBCA Convention.  The NBRPA and Intersport also announced that WNBA and Women’s Basketball Legends Nancy Lieberman, Janice Braxton, Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper will join current WNBA stars Satou Sabally and Kelsey Plum as coaches for the 2024 Women’s College All-Star Game (ASG) on April 6th, at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. The Sports Techie community blog is elated to raise healthcare awareness to female members of the NBRPA while also promoting the WNBA’s continuing rise to mainstream sports viewing. The game will be played at the NCAA’s Women’s Final Four weekend on Saturday, April 6 and televised on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Rushia Brown, WNBA Legend and NBRPA Board Director

Health Screening Program

The critically acclaimed program, under the supervision of the NBRPA Chief Medical Director Joe Rogowski, will focus on women’s health, delivered thorough, cost-effective, healthcare to its membership and addressing many of the medical issues experienced by the NBRPA population, while also educating them on proactive measures that promote a healthy lifestyle.

“I’m excited to be part of the continuation and enhancement of the health screening program to ensure women are receiving the proper care, especially for those members that may not have insurance or access,” said Rushia Brown, WNBA Legend and NBRPA Board Director.  “Programs like this are crucial to our members’ well-being and I fully encourage all members attending the NCAA Women’s Final Four to take advantage of this opportunity.”
“Following the success of our inaugural women’s health screening program in Dallas last year, we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring the program to Cleveland and to be able to continue increasing our focus on health issues affecting women,” said Scott Rochelle, President & CEO, NBRPA.  “We thank the WBCA for partnering with us to help bring this invaluable service to Cleveland and for helping extend these comprehensive examinations to the coaches that make up the WBCA membership along with our WNBA Legends.”

Launched in conjunction with the NBPA in 2016, to deliver valuable, preventive long-term healthcare check-ups to former professional players across the U.S., the Health Screening Program has impacted hundreds of former players by providing preventative testing, including blood work, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, cardiology consultations and brain scans.

“So much emphasis is placed on the health of student-athletes, and rightfully so, but the health of coaches is equally important and vital to the continued success of our game,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Coaches are the constant. They lead selflessly. We want to make sure they also make their own health a priority. So, we are excited to partner with the NBRPA in offering health screenings to all coaches attending this year’s WBCA Convention in Cleveland.”
The NBRPA announced in 2022 that they would begin overseeing the program and brought along Joe Rogowski to head the operation. Rogowski, who served as the NBPA’s Chief Medical Officer for the past decade, was named the NBRPA’s Chief Medical Director in November 2022.


2024 Women’s College All-Star Game Coaches

Twenty-five years after launching a national women’s college basketball all-star event, Intersport has re-introduced the Women’s College All-Star Game as an annual showcase spotlighting the country’s elite players. These standouts, who will be exhausting their collegiate eligibility and are on the precipice of hearing their names called in the WNBA Draft, will have one final opportunity to represent their programs and be recognized against the backdrop of the sport’s championship weekend. Intersport launched the inaugural Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Challenge in 1998, which the WBCA operated through 2006. 

“The NBRPA is thrilled to once again partner with Intersport and to be able to have our WNBA Legends as part of this incredible event,” said Rochelle. “Having icons like Cheryl, Janice, Cynthia and a member of our very own board of directors in Nancy, join up with two of today’s brightest stars in Satou and Kelsey to coach these phenomenal players, gives us an immense sense of pride to be able to help showcase the past, present and future of the game of basketball.”

“I’m honored to join these incredible and legendary women to coach these phenomenal talents,” said Nancy Lieberman, Two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 1996/2023), WNBA Legend and NBRPA Board Director, Treasurer.  “I very much look forward to what promises to be an amazing atmosphere and game and seeing the greatness on the court.”

Tickets for the 2024 Women’s College All Star Game can be purchased at https://womenscollegeallstar.com/

To follow along with the NBRPA, find them on social media at @NBAalumni on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Twitch

Sports Techie, this is my second time sharing about these life changing Health Screenings after last year’s program launch at the 2023 Dallas Final Four.

Six of basketball’s most storied names will act as coaches for the Women’s College All-Star Game, sharing each of the pioneers personal experiences and high-level basketball knowledge to the 20 college seniors that are just about to begin their professional hoops careers.

My 84-year old Mom is still considered to the the best women’s basketball player out of Ecuador and beat me one-on-one during my senior year at Redmond High School in 1984. In 1995, I challenged Lisa Leslie, who some say is the GOAT, to a game to six and she beat me easily, 6-3. The respect I have for women’s and girl’s basketball gives me tremendous honor to share these two stories in 2024 with our worldwide followers and readers, regardless of gender.

Ladies of all ages, please get your health screenings as the Legends are doing a this year’s WBCA Convention.

Shot for the moon when it comes to dreams of playing the wonderful game of basketball at the highest levels of college and the pros.

You too may one day play in the Women’s College ASG or act as a Legends coach.

Get your hoops game on and enjoy the Final Four weekend in Cleveland.

See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!

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