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Our History

History

 
 

MPBP, Incorporated was initially formed in 1996 by a small group of mothers (23) looking for guidance and support due to the sudden lifestyle change they were experiencing. In addition, they were simultaneously 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. The original organization was dissolved in 2003. However, after recognizing that mothers of professional basketball players still needed the services and love that this group offers, we continued to meet. Finally, we reorganized and restructured in Houston, 2007. The founding mothers of MPBP, Inc. were a stellar group of 23 mothers who met in New York under the vision of Charlotte Brandon. The numbers grew more by the time the first conference was held in Las Vegas. Lucille O’Neal (Shaquille O’Neal) served as our 2nd- term President. Camillia Ratliff-Eatman (Theodore Ratliff) is the current President. Over the last 9 years, we have given our time and efforts to making 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.

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