The NBRPA Detroit Chapter, led by Chapter President Derrick Coleman, hosted the 2024 Black Excellence Dinner in partnership with the Detroit Pistons and Arn & Nancy Tellem on Friday, February 24, 2024. The black-tie event, held at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, paid tribute to the late Sam Washington, a longtime basketball coach and mentor at St. Cecilia’s Gym, and Hall of Famer George “The Iceman” Gervin. The event program included remarks from NBRPA Founder Dave Bing, as well as an engaging conversation between NBA Legend Jalen Rose and The Iceman to discuss Gervin’s basketball career and the rich history of Detroit basketball.

The following morning, the NBRPA and the Detroit Chapter hosted its Health Screenings program at the Pistons Performance Center. Detroit-based Legends stopped by to receive thorough and wide-ranging screening procedures, including consultations with Endeavor Health, as well as resources to promote a healthy lifestyle.