2017 Regional Conference – Kansas City, MO
The Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP, INC.) Educate. Elevate. Celebrate Expo 2017 held in Kansas, City, MO, from August 10-13, 2017, was a weekend full of learning, giving back, and celebrating those positively impacting our communities.
The State of Missouri and the City of Kansas City recognized MPBP, Inc. with a proclamation presented by Missouri House Representative DaRon McGee. MPBP, Inc. mothers also enjoyed the food and history of Kansas City with Gates Bar-B- Que and a visit to the Jazz Museum and the Negro Baseball Museum.
MPBP, Inc. gained insight from a workshop with our founder, Charlotte M. Brandon. Other workshops included finance, “How to Identify A Good Sports Agent” and the latest and greatest from NBA Executives. Utah Jazz team representatives were in attendance for support and spoke from a team perspective.
Giving back to the Kansas City, MO communities was a significant highlight for MPBP, Inc. We supported local teenage mothers through our Wal-Mart Shopping Experience. Each young mother was able to shop at Wal-Mart with an MPBP, Inc. mom for the items she needed for herself and her children. After shopping, we all shared lunch and had an opportunity to share our experiences and insights with the mothers one-on-one. It was a “mother to mother” experience in that the MPBP, Inc. moms were able to listen and share their insight with the young mother’s one on one.
Next, we partnered with Connections to Success for a Dress for Success event. Months leading up to our regional conference, our MPBP, Inc. mothers donated new and gently used clothing, shoes, boots, coats, undergarments, accessories and toiletry items. We set up a pop-up boutique at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel where young working mothers were able to shop for a week’s worth of professional work clothing from our donations. After selecting their clothing, they walked the runway! Showcasing their complete outfits and their newly gained confidence as the MPBP, Inc. mothers cheered them on.
Lastly, we enlisted the help of the NBA Dads to host a basketball clinic for the underserved youths in the Kansas City area. Each participant received basketball fundamental instructions and a backpack filled with basketball items. The clinic was held at the College Basketball Experience, which is an interactive College Basketball Hall of Fame.