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 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.

Mission / Vision

Our logo signifies a strong body of women who are the unifying components of this organization. It represents the connection to the world of professional basketball and the world at large.

The mission of this organization is to support the various communities where our sons and daughters live, work, and play; however, we strive to invest in the human soul through our charitable works and fundraising efforts.

Our vision is to build a supportive relationship with each other that will last a lifetime. We want to serve as mentors to new moms in the world of professional basketball. Through our friendships, we will be able to help our children cope with the enticements of fame and fortune. We strive to serve as positive role models for the communities in which our children live by contributing our time and by improving the lives of others through charity and scholarships.

The Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. celebrate the following values. We recognized and respect the diversity of all cultural and ethnicities among the players, their families and friends. We continue to encourage our sons and daughters to be role models to the at-risk youth in our communities. We expect our sons and daughters to maintain a high level of character and conduct on and off the basketball court. We are thankful and humble for the gifts our sons and daughters have been given. Our organization offers itself as a resource to those who are in need. We provide support to the sick and shut in.  We also provide emotional support to those who are most in need. We send out the spirit of generosity.

Our Philosophy

A MOTHER’S LOVE

The founder and president, Charlotte Brandon of MPBP vision began in 1996 after her son Terrell Brandon was drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Because of the dynamic of the sports industry, she experienced a lack of support because NBA players are surrounded by the entities of the sport world. She saw the need for nurturing and support while he was on the road working all around the country and the world.

While on the road, Charlotte also felt our sons and daughters should be able to reach out to the mothers in the communities where they play and receive a good home cooked meal, provide support where needed and be available for any special needs or emergency our professional players may have. A mother would be there.

Additionally, rookie mothers would be given direction and mentored with nuances of the NBA League as it business to us as mothers as well our sons and daughters jobs.

Lastly, because of the uniqueness of our children’s employment, Charlotte felt there was a need to bond with mothers and be a cohesive support for one another and protect our sons and daughters. It is comforting to know other mothers are looking out for your son or daughter and letting you know you saw them, spoke to them or gave them a hug for you.

It is also rewarding to know that your can befriend, and support another mother when she needs it.