Arnie Fielkow to return to New Orleans for basketball conference

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Former New Orleans City Councilman Arnie Fielkow will return to New Orleans later this month in his new role as CEO of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).

Fielkow will join several former basketball stars, including Spencer Haywood, Cedric Ceballos, and Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Aaron James, for the three-day “Legends World Sports Conference” at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Aug. 17-19.

Fielkow and NBRPA will be performing services around the community throughout the weekend. They will present a $25,000 gift to help renovate the basketball courts at Oliver Bush Playground. The group will also visit New Orleans Children’s Hospital and host a free youth basketball clinic.

Fielkow resigned his council seat in 2011 (less than a year after being elected for his second term) to take his position as CEO of NBRPA in Chicago. While Fielkow says he was sorry to leave New Orleans, he told Gambit today by phone that he does not regret making this decision.

“My time in City Council was the most rewarding time ever, but my background is in sports…The beauty of my position now is that it’s a combination of sports and public service,” Fielkow said.

At the conference, Fielkow will also announce plans for the “Jack Fielkow New Orleans Recreation Scholarship,” which will award two $2,000 scholarships to local youth in honor of Fielkow’s late father.

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