Rick Barry - President of Athlete & Non-profit Affiliations
Richard Francis Dennis "Rick" Barry III is a a retired professional basketball player (NBA/ABA). As a result of his very precise outside shot, uncanny court vision, knowledge, execution of team defense principles, tenacious and demanding will to win and unorthodox, but accurate, underhanded free throw shooting he is considered to be one of the greatest pure small forwards of all time. Rick is also recognized as one of the Top 50 players and legends in NBA history.
Rick is one of the few elite players who altered their games without losing effectiveness; he broke into the professional ranks as a rebounder and all-purpose scorer before he became a primary ball distributor and lethal perimeter threat.
He was born in New Jersey and, after a successful high school career, enrolled at the University of Miami (Florida). With a dead-eye outside shot, Barry put Hurricane basketball on the map by averaging over 30 points a game in his collegiate career. In his senior year, he led the nation in scoring with a 37.4 average. Barry was then picked second in the 1965 NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He picked up right where he left off, averaging 25 points a game as a rookie, and earning Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Then the next season, he led the NBA in scoring with a 35 point per game average. That season, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals, where they lost to Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia 76ers in six games. Barry left his mark on those Finals, averaging 41 points in the six games and scoring 55 in one game.
Rick sat out the 1967-68 season when he left the NBA to join the new league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). He played for the Oakland Oaks and led the ABA in scoring in 1968-69, becoming the only player ever to lead the NCAA, the ABA and the NBA in scoring. The Oaks moved to Washington D.C. and after one season there Rick was traded to the New York Nets where he played two seasons.
In 1972, Rick returned to the Golden State Warriors and played for seven seasons, including the 1974-75 season, where he led the Warriors to a shocking four-game sweep in the NBA Finals over the Washington Bullets. Rick was voted as the MVP of the Finals. Rick left the Warriors after the 1977-78 season for the Houston Rockets. He played two seasons for the Rockets before retiring in 1980. In appreciation and recognition of his incredible contributions the Golden State Warriors retired his number, 24.
Rick took many of the same qualities related to basketball such as leadership, team work, discipline, desire, dedication, commitment, sacrifice and thinking out of the box into the business world. Today Rick is sought out by companies to attend events as a motivational speaker. He also has a passion for helping others achieve success through entrepreneurism.
Rick's other passion is related to supporting special causes and non-profit organizations like the military and children. When Empowerment needed someone to lead the Empowerment Giving Back Program, Rick graciously took the position of Chairman of Empowerment Giving Back/Non Profit program. Rick will be organizing special events including golf tournaments, mini vacations, and cruises that will raise money for special causes. Other celebrity friends of Rick will be in attendance at the various events.