The WVI is happy to announce that our Dolphin Foundation/ NBA Retired Players
Association Event on February 14th was a resounding success.
Sponsored by Mitchell & Ness, the evening began with a screening of Jump Shot: The Kennys Sailors Story, a documentary written and directed by Jacob Hamilton and produced by NBA superstar Stephen Curry. Kenny Sailors “invented” the jump shot during his time at the University of Wyoming, leading the team to a NCAA championship title. After being an All- NBA selection in the league’s first year of existence, he
enlisted in the Marines and retired to Alaska to be a hunting guide. Interviews from legends like
Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, and Bobby Knight made the film a thrill. WVI member Dave Goldberg’s efforts in producing the film led to an unqualified success, and the film was received with extreme acclaim at the event. The proceeding panel discussion was bolstered by the presence of retired NBA stars like Tom Hoover, Tiny Archibald, David Thompson, Muggsy Bogues, Charlie Scott, Tree Rollins, Major Jones, and Artis Gilmore.
After the panel discussion, at the request of one of our corporate sponsors, the WVI was
instrumental in making it possible for the Independence Fund to present a state of the art
wheelchair to POFC Joshua Geddis, who gave a gracious speech to accept the gift. Geddis was injured during a deployment in East Africa and subsequently lost the use of his legs. This wheelchair will enable Joshua to partake in the many outdoor activities he loved before his injury, such as hunting, hiking, and fishing with his daughter Lilian. Representatives of the Dolphin Foundation, JUUL Labs, and the Independence Fund also spoke movingly on the significance of giving back and the importance philanthropy has for our society. The evening concluded with a lively cocktail reception.
The WVI was happy to invite the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s leadership, with
whom we co-created an action plan toward future events during the Navy’s Fleet Week in New
York, which included setting up a series of high level meetings with potential benefactors and
corporate sponsors on March 5-6. The WVI welcomes any introductions made on our behalf
during this time period.
The NBA Legends were gracious enough to meet with us to discuss advancing our
Dolphin Foundation Sports For Good programs and ecosystem. The WVI is optimistic about the
potential for collaboration on this issue.
The WVI would like to thank JUUL Labs for their generous support in making this event
possible, as well as Dave Goldberg for his assistance in honoring the NBARPA.