“There’s no question that having big-name players — including players who went on to great success in the NBA — helps bring attention to this important cause,” said Abrams, Dropping Dimes’ president. “But these guys aren’t just throwing their names up on a website. They’re actively helping, identifying players in need, raising and donating money, and helping to guide our big decisions.”
Added Tarter: “Julius Erving is not only one of the greatest athletes of our time, he’s an incredibly humble and graceful gentleman. I know I speak for everyone at Dropping Dimes and the ABA in saying we couldn’t be more grateful for his support.”
Erving played his first five seasons in the ABA, for the Virginia Squires and New York Nets. He won three MVP awards (sharing one with the Indiana Pacers’ George McGinnis) and two championships, both with the Nets. At the ABA’s 30th anniversary celebration in Indianapolis in 1997, he was named the league’s all-time top player. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming a perennial All-Star and winning the league MVP in 1981 and a championship in 1983.
Erving was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, and named one of the top 50 NBA players in history during the league’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1996. In 1994, Sports Illustrated named him one of the 40 most important athletes of all time.
After retiring from basketball in 1987, Erving went on to a successful and diverse business career, including serving on the board of directors for nearly a dozen companies. He currently serves as the Founder and Managing Member of Erving Global Opportunity LLC, which is involved in global business development, merchandising, media and philanthropy.
Other members of Dropping Dimes’ Advisory Board include Bob Costas, Bob Netolicky, Nancy Leonard, Mack Calvin, Brian Taylor, David Craig, Peter Vecsey and current Indiana Pacer Myles Turner.
Please direct any questions or requests for comment to Dropping Dimes Executive Director Ira Jaffee at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com