The Professional Basketball Alumni Association and BOOT CAMP FARMS announce their partnership, which will provide 50-60 jobs to Veterans.

Online PR News – 30-May-2014 – Bridgeport, CT – May 29, 2014, Bridgeport, CT - In a welcome and unlikely venture in the produce industry, Professional Basketball Alumni Association (“PBAA”) Executive Director, Charles D. Smith and BOOT CAMP FARMS CEO, Antonio St. Lorenzo, formally announce their partnership, which will provide 50-60 jobs to the East End of Bridgeport, CT and U.S. Veterans through developing hydroponic farms. These farms will produce fresh produce for the urban community and surrounding territories. The venture is headquartered in Bridgeport, CT.

The PBAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 in conjunction with its signature program called, Players Helping Players (“PHP”). This program serves as a different type of outreach to former NBA players. The PBAA assesses former NBA players’ skill sets and business acumen for the purpose of working with them in charitable, financial and educational revenue generating opportunities. BOOT CAMP FARMS is honored to be working with the PBAA’s Executive Director and former NBA star Charles D. Smith. “It is an honor for the Professional Basketball Alumni Association to partner with BOOT CAMP FARMS and our service members. We are thrilled to be a part of creating jobs for families and our urban community residents around the country. Our former NBA players known also as “Pro Ball Alumni” live in cities across America and are also excited to be a part of such a growing industry. We look forward to this joint effort and welcome the opportunity to show our troops and their families how much we appreciate them.”

NBA legend and PBAA Board Member Oscar Robertson added, “The Professional Basketball Alumni Association partnering with BOOT CAMP FARMS and our United States Veterans creates a very unique relationship that can truly impact children and families in some of our most needed communities in America”. Antonio St. Lorenzo, CEO of BOOT CAMP FARMS says, “I devoted myself to working with Veterans and people in need for many years and to partner up with the NBA Alumni brings us closer to our goal. We are proud that the Professional Basketball Alumni Association is working with BOOT CAMP FARMS. Former NBA players like Charles Smith and Oscar Robertson have dedicated so much of their time to lending others a helping hand, and now they will be working with us to help Veterans with green jobs and to help less fortunate communities have access to fresh produce.”

BOOT CAMP FARMS is a Bridgeport, CT-based, socially conscious, for profit urban agriculture company that constructs and operates state of the art hydroponic greenhouses that will be built throughout Connecticut.


Antonio St. Lorenzo

About PBAA
The Professional Basketball Alumni Association (“PBAA”) and its membership partner with governments, non-profit organizations and corporations around the world for the benefit of disadvantaged children and families. The organization was founded by former NBA Players and Board Members, Earl Monroe, Oscar Robertson, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Nate Archibald and Charles D. Smith. The Professional Basketball Alumni Association's world-wide mission is dedicated to creating financial, charitable and educational opportunities jointly for its members and our worldwide neighbors by promoting the game of basketball as a bridge for cultural exchange."

Lisa D. Smith
Professional Basketball Alumni