The excitement builds outside The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. MPBP, Inc. is proud to be a part of one of the NBA's biggest events of the year. From left to right: Wendy Sparks, MPBP, Inc. Northeastern Regional Director/Mom of Khem Birch, Toronto Raptors; Tamika Tremaglio, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Executive Director; and Linda Shanklin, MPBP, Inc. President/Mom of Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, inside The Barclays Center. MPBP, Inc. President Linda Shanklin, is all smiles as she proudly shows four fingers in honor of her son, Andre Iguodala, who earned his 4th NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors earlier this month. Linda Shanklin, MPBP, Inc. President and Wendy Sparks, MPBP, Inc. Northeastern Regional Director, visit the National Basketball Players Association Office. From left to right: Wendy Sparks, MPBP, Inc. Northeastern Regional Director/Mom of Khem Birch, Toronto Raptors; Trey Murphy, Pelicans; Linda Shanklin, MPBP, Inc. President/Mom of Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors; and a "Parent Panel Participant, after the parent discussion panel at the Westin Hotel. Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP) is saddened of the loss of one of its founding members, Janet Hill, mother of former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill, who passed away at the age of 74, on Saturday, August 13, 2022. MPBP, Inc. will be forever grateful for her contributions as one of the inaugural members in 1996. Because of Janet’s leadership and passion to help others, MPBP, Inc. continues to have a positive impact in its 26th year of existence. The MPBP, Inc. Board of Directors and membership extend our thoughts and prayers to Janet's husband Calvin, son Grant, and the entire Hill family. May God bless and keep them. Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP, Inc.) mix business with basketball in Las Vegas The MPBP, Inc. Western Region Recruitment committee made the most of their five days (July 9 -13, 2022) at the Annual NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas, NV, hosting members and guests. The recruitment committee welcomed incoming moms, discussed the important work the non-profit organization does and the benefits of being a member of MPBP, Inc. MPBP, Inc. also hosted a "Meet and Greet" and "Panel Discussion" in collaboration with Courtside Moms Media with Wendy Sparks (MPBP, Inc., member), which included a question-and-answer session. The tenure of the National Basketball Association (NBA) moms panel ranged from three to eighteen years. Incredibly, one of the panel members had experience as a high school, college, and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) coach! The new moms were excited and enthusiastic about being a part of MPBP, Inc. Investing in the human soul through charitable works and fundraising efforts A Nonprofit Group of Professional Basketball Players’ Moms Donate to Our Cause Making a difference in the lives of those where we and our sons and daughters live, work and play. President’s WelcomeGreetings fellow members of Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc.:I am excited to serve as your National President and to carry on the legacy of this great organization. Having just celebrated 25 years of sisterhood, our 2022-2024 mantra, INVEST, inspires us to continue striving to provide programs, services and support for our communities and fellow moms into the next quarter century. INVEST stands for…Integrating all members into equal partnership. Never decrease the value and power of the organization. Remember, “we are queens.”Value and protect the organization. Embrace eagerness to fulfill the mission of the organization. Everyone is needed.Seek and secure financial opportunities for the organization to make it self-sufficient and solvent. Teamwork makes the dream work. A strong team builds an atmosphere that is conducive to success. As you absorb the mindsets of INVEST, how you might you lend your time, talent, and treasure to the future and mission of MPBP, Inc.The MPBP, Inc. Board of Directors and committee leadership are committed to the overall development, management, and achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives, and it is with great honor that I lead this talented group as we encompass the INVEST principles. If you are new to MPBP, Inc., “Welcome!” We are happy to have you onboard. If you have not yet joined, but are interested in doing so, I encourage you to contact our National Recruitment Director. You will find her contact information under the Membership tab. MPBP, Inc. was founded in 1996 When 23 dynamic mothers came together. It has been our goal since that day to make a difference in the lives of others through our charitable works. St. Jude, Covenant House, and A Woman Called Moses are just a few of the charities we contribute to annually.As president, I am here to lead as we build supportive relationships with one another that will last a lifetime, and through our friendships, support our children as they cope with the enticements of fame and fortune.Sincerely,Linda ShanklinPresident About Us MPBP Inc. was formed in 1996 by twenty-three mothers, led by Charlotte Brandon, looking for guidance and support due to the sudden lifestyle change we were experiencing as a result of our child’s professional basketball career. In addition, we were looking for ways to give back to the community. For many years, we have enjoyed a sisterly bond that has been a blessing to us as we’ve engaged in our charitable efforts. We added members And held our first conference in Las Vegas. Lucille O’Neal, mother of Shaquille O’Neal served as our 2nd-term president. Camillia Ratliff-Eatman, mother of Theodore Ratliff is the current president. Over the last nine years, we have given our time and efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. We have contributed To The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Florida Hospital Foundation (Diabetes Institute), Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, United Negro College Fund, Girl Scouts of America in Hawaii, University of Nevada-Las Vegas Foundation/Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach, Touro University Nevada Center of Autism Development Disabilities, and many more. In 2010 A room in the Walt Disney Pavilion of the Florida Hospital for Children was dedicated in honor of all mothers. This room is generously supported by Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc.