"Angel of the NBA"; That designation alone, would bring the recipient's name to the attention of any organization whose basic interest is the grand game of basketball. Zelda, however, has had a long and varied Association with the game. From a High School cheerleader at James Monroe High School in the Bronx, to NBA Administrative Assistant to the NBA President Maurice Podoloff, Zelda's been involved in sports in many capacities. Her work with the NBA also included the assigning of referees in the 1950's with Pat Kennedy.
It is in the philanthropical field that Zelda's interest and generosity started her on a rewarding lifelong avocation in basketball. She became interested in the welfare of all former players and proceeded to help many basketball veterans through the Maurice Stokes Foundation. From the very outset, she helped in locating former players and assisted them in securing their pensions from the NBA. She still assists Tom Sanders on "The Legends Foundation Committee" which was founded to assist former players. Zelda is also an integral part of the marketing of former players.
In 1990, she received the Trustee Award as an inaugural inductee into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame as well as many other prestigious awards.
In the early 1990's Zelda returned to the NBA as a consultant. In 1994, she was hired as Special Projects Coordinator and is presently Senior Director of Alumni Relations. Additionally, she is the "Official NBA Historian". Zelda has a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the game. She is often called upon to talk to new staff members about the NBA's storied basketball legacy.
While working in the garment industry, Zelda along with several other women, formed the Committee Concerned for Children. This organization is responsible for raising between $350,000 and $500,000 annually, for five New York Area children's charities and hospitals.
Zelda currently lives in Forest Hills, New York and is the proud mother of twin sons, Mike and Bob. She also has five grandchildren.