The 60 Days of Summer program offers 60 consecutive days of family oriented interactive museum programming. Starting on June 29 and running through August 30, the Hall of Fame will host various appearances, autograph signings, magicians, trick dribblers and jugglers, mascot days, giveaway days, and much more!  Best of all, these appearances are FREE of charge to all museums guests! These appearances are updated daily so be sure to check the date of your visit and see what exciting programming the 60 Days of Summer has to offer! 

 

ALL APPEARANCES WILL BEGIN AT 1:00PM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED


Monday June 29, 2015

HALL OF FAME STAFF CLINIC

Join us at the Hall of Fame to practice your skills and learn some new ones from our staff including our local coaching legend Gene Eggleston. Eggleston, a 1968 Cathedral High School graduate, coached 22 seasons at his alma mater, including the final 12 as the varsity head coach. His teams reached five regional Division I finals, claiming titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Don't miss your chance to learn some drills from one of the greatest coaches from around the area! 

 

 

 

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Tuesday June 30, 2015

 WINS 4 LIFE CLINIC

Mr. David Vasquenza is owner and director of WINS For Life. He has a range of valuable work experience and knowledge in teaching, training, coaching and motivating individuals and groups of all ages. He was employed at Oak Hill School for over 20 years where he gained extensive experience as a staff trainer and direct care provider in special education. He has successfully coached basketball at many levels (college, high school, AAU, middle school). From 1996-2000, Coach Vasquenza assisted Worcester State College to much success and the best four-year record in the 65-year history of the Men’s Basketball program. The WINS For Life workshops he created and facilitates serve as professional development hours for teachers and child care providers across New England. Their mission statement is “to assist as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible”. Don't miss this opportunity to test your skills and learn some new ones at The Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

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Wednesday July 1, 2015

ROD STRICKLAND

A star at DePaul University, Strickland was a First Team All-American as a junior averaging 20 points and nearly 8 assists per game.  He led the Blue Demons to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and still ranks among the program leaders in scoring average, assists and steals.  Following his stellar collegiate career, he went on to be drafted 19th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1988 NBA Draft.  During his rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.  During the 1989-1990 season, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs.  While with the Spurs he flourished, posting 19 points per game and 9 assists during the 1991 playoffs.  Before the start of the 1992-93 season, Strickland signed with the Portland Trail Blazers where in four seasons averaged 17 points and 9 assists per game.  In 1997, while with the Washington Bullets, he had the best season of his career averaging a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists per game.  He finished with a remarkable career which spanned 17 seasons while amassing 14,463 points, 7,987 assists, and 1,616 steals.  

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Thursday July 2, 2015

 DONNY MARSHALL

Entering his 13th season in broadcasting, former Nets and University of Connecticut basketball star Donny Marshall joined the YES Network as a Brooklyn Nets color commentator and studio analyst in October 2013.  A 6'7" forward, Marshall was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft out of Connecticut. He played five seasons in the NBA, and was a member of the Nets' back-to-back NBA Finals teams (2001-02 and 2002-03).  A native of Seattle, Marshall played his high school basketball at Federal Way High School in Federal Way, Wash. He played for the University of Connecticut from 1991-95 and was co-captain his junior and senior years, later being named to UConn's All-Century Team.  Marshall is also an NBA and college basketball analyst for FOX Sports 1's FOX Sports Live studio show and for FOX Sports, covering the networks' BIG EAST games. He also calls NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Tournament games on Westwood One's national radio broadcasts.  Marshall called men's basketball games in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for NBC. From 2005 to 2013, he was a Boston Celtics analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England, broadcasting from the studio or courtside for over 600 games. He covered the team during their 2008 championship season, their 17th NBA Championship. Marshall previously did color commentary on NBC Sports, NBA TV, and on ESPN and ESPN2's college basketball telecasts.

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Friday July 3, 2015

COURT JESTERS

The Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship skills. Like the Harlem Globetrotters, the Court Jesters, led by Andrew Eckman, (former General Manager of the Harlem Wizards and Harlem Rockets), are dedicated to providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. They will dazzle the audience with their skills and antics while providing countless laughs and good cheer to young and old alike!

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Saturday July 4, 2015

INDEPENDENCE DAY GIVEAWAY!

All day long, admission tickets will be randomly marked for a series of predetermined prizes.  Prizes may include museum tickets, t-shirts, trading cards, commemorative collectives, gift certificates and more!  Come and celebrate your independence and try your chance at winning a prize!

 

 

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Sunday July 5, 2015 

 LUCKY TICKET GIVEAWAY

Don't forget to check the back of your admission ticket to see if you won one of our great prizes! Some of our prizes will include Hall of Fame T-Shirts, Family Four Pack of Admission Tickets, Hall of Fame Store Gift Certificates, miscellaneous basketball memorabilia and more!!

 

 

 

 

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Monday July 6, 2015

 CRAIG HODGES

Hodges is a retired American Professional Basketball player and current head coach of the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Developement League. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons and led the league in 3-point shooting percentage three times. He won two NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls, and along with Larry Bird, is one of only two players to win three consecutive Three Point Contests at the National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend, winning the competition in 1990, 1991, and 1992. Hodges also holds the Three Point Contest records for the most consecutive shots made with 19, set in 1991, and the most points scored in a single round at 25, set in 1986. He was later a head coach at Chicago State University, an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and head coach of the Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada. Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the greatest players ever to play the game!

 

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Tuesday July 7, 2015

 TERRY CUMMINGS

After a collegiate career at DePaul University which earned him Consensus First Team All-American honors in 1982, Cummings went on to become the 2nd overall pick in the 1982 NBA draft where he was selected by the San Diego Clippers.  After a stellar rookie season where he scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds per game, he was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.  Throughout his next 10 seasons that were spent with Milwaukee and San Antonio, he would go on to average more than 17 points per game and was known around the league as one of the greatest scorers of that era.  Throughout a career that spanned 18 seasons, Cummings was a two-time all-star.  For his career, he scored more than 19,000 points and more than 8,600 rebounds.  He still remains as one of the top 50 career scorers in league history!  Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the greatest players ever to play the game!

 

 

 

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Wednesday July 8, 2015

ANTOINE WALKER                                  APPEARANCE PRESENTED BY:

Walker attended Mount Carmel High School, in Chicago, where he played with future NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb and attained all-state status as a senior, earning a full scholarship to play for Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky. He was a starting forward on the Wildcats' 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game-winning team. As a freshman at Kentucky he was named SECTournament MVP. In his sophomore year, Walker was named All-SEC First, All-SEC Tournament and to the All-NCAA Regional Teams. Antoine was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky and played in the NBA from 1996 to 2008. He played for the Celtics, Mavericks, Hawks, Heat, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, the BSN's Mets and the NBA D-League's Stampede before retiring from basketball in 2012. Walker, a three-time NBA All-Star, won an NCAA championship with Kentucky in 1996 and an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

 

 

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Thursday July 9, 2015

 TERRY MILLS

After a standout career at Romulus High School, Mills was named 1986 Mr. Basketball of Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he helped the Wolverines win the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Mills was drafted in 1990 by the Milwaukee Bucks who later traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets for whom he played 17 games. Mills also played for the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, and Indiana Pacers. Although he played the power forward position, Mills became known for his 3-point shooting. Legendary Piston announcer George Blaha nicknamed him "The Sugar" for his "sweet" shooting stroke and "Three Mills" for his on-target three-point shooting. He ended his career with 10.6 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game.

 

 

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Friday July 10, 2015     

 MUGGSY BOGUES                  APPEARANCE PRESENTED BY:

After a solid four year career at Wake Forest University, Bogues was drafted 12th overall in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets.  In his rookie season, he was teamates with Manute Bol who, at 7'7", was the tallest player in NBA history.  With Muggsy standing at only 5'3", these two teamates would make up the tallest and shortest players in the history of the NBA. Despite his height, Muggsy was known for his tenacious defense and ability to penetrate the lane.  When the Charlotte Hornets entered the league in 1988, they selected Muggsy as part of the expansion draft that season.  He would go on to spend the next ten years with the Hornets and will forever be known as one of the fan favorites in team history.  Paired with Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, that team will always be remembered as on of the most popular teams in league history and a consistent playoff contender.  Muggsy is the Hornets career leader in minutes played, assists, and steals.  Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the most beloved players ever to play the game!  

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Saturday July 11, 2015

SHERYL SWOOPES

Undeniably one of the most decorated players in WNBA history, Swooped played collegiately at both South Plains College and Texas Tech.  While at Texas Tech, Swoopes won the NCAA National Championship in 1993.  While at Texas Tech, she set a number of school records including most points in a single game with 53, second highest tournament scoring average with 35.4 points per game, best single game championship scoring performance with 47 points, and all time scoring record for a single season with 955 points.  She was the Naismith College Player of the Year and WBCA Player of the Year in her senior season.  Once in the WNBA, she continued her dominance.  For her career, she was a six time WNBA All-Star, four time WNBA Champion, three time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, three time WNBA MVP, and two time WNBA scoring champion.  Along with her professional ackolades, she is a three time gold medal winner for team USA in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic games. Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the greatest players ever to play the game!

 

 

 

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Sunday July 12, 2015

 CLAYTON ANDERSON

Clayton Anderson was Selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in June 1998. He launched to the space station on June 8, 2007, aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis with the crew of STS-117 as the Expedition 15 Flight Engineer and also assumed the role of Science Officer for the expedition. During his 152-day tour of duty aboard the station, Anderson performed three spacewalks, two with crewmembers of STS-118. Anderson returned home aboard Space Shuttle Discovery as a member of the STS-120 crew, landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on November 7, 2007. In April of 2010, Clayton  was a mission specialist  for STS-131 on Space Shuttle Discovery (April 5 to April 20, 2010) executed a resupply mission to the International Space Station, launching at night from KSC. On arrival at the space station. Anderson performed three EVAs during this mission and logged 20 hours and 17 minutes of extravehicular activity. He retired from NASA in 2013

 

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Monday July 13, 2015

DICK BAVETTA - BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Bavetta is widely known as the ironman of officiating because since his start in the NBA in 1975, he went on to officiate 2,635 consecutive games.  He holds the league record for most officiated games.  Throughout his 39 years of officiating in the NBA, he became a regular official throughout the playoffs each year, eventually being named a chief referee.  Some of Bavetta's most notable games included a game between the 76ers and Celtics where he was forced to officiate the game by himself after his partner broke his leg in a collision during the game.  That game was highlighted by the famous altercation between Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Julius Erving.  One of Bavettas other notable games occurred in 2006 between the Knicks and the Nuggets where he ejected all ten players on the court after a brawl ensued.  Don't miss your chance to meet the highly decorated NBA official and newest member of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

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Tuesday July 14, 2015

LOUIE DAMPIER - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

While at the Univeristy of Kentucky, Dampier was a multi-sport athlete playing both baseball and basketball.  He played for legendary Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1966 NCAA Championship where they eventually lost to Texas Western College which will be one of the most celebrated games in the history of the sport. During his three years at Kentucky, he was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection.  In 1967, he was drafted into both the NBA draft and the ABA draft where he would ultimately choose to play for the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA.  He is one of only a few men to play in all nine seasons in the ABA.  From 1967 to 1976, he would go on to be a seven time All-Star, four time All-ABA Second Team, ABA All-Rookie First Team, and ABA Champion in 1975.  At the conclusion of the ABA's existence Dampier was the all time leader in career three point field goals with 794, career leader in games played at 728, career leader in minutes played with 27,770, career leader in points scored with 13,726, and career assist leader with 4,044.  Don't miss your chance to meet on the greatest players ever to play in the ABA and newest member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

 

 

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Wednesday July 15, 2015

TOM HEINSOHN - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Already enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1986, Heinsohn joins John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, and Bill Sharman as the only people that have been inducted twice into the Basketball Hall of Fame under seperate categories.  He is being enshrined in the Class of 2015 as a coach.  Heinsohn became the head coach of the Boston Celtics beginning in the 1969 season.  During the 1972 season, he led the team to a league best 68-14 record on his way to being named the NBA Coach of the Year.   The next season Heinsohn and the Celtics won the NBA Championship and following it up with another championship in 1976.  He accumulated a career coaching record of 427-263.  He currently serves as a Boston Celtics analyst.  Don't miss your opportunity to meet this two-time Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and current member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

 


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Thursday July 16, 2015

ILZE LUNEAU

Back by popular demand!  Ilze has been entertaing Hall of Fame crowds for years during the 60 Days of Summer!  Her fun filled interactive performance showcases some of the best dribbling and ball handling skills you will ever see.  Wether is dribbling and juggling at the same time, dribbling six basketballs while on a balance board, or spinning severall basketballs at once, her performance is sure to leave you entertained and provide fun for the whole family!  Along with the Hall of Fame, she has performed at numerous halftime shows, on ESPN, the Late Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and many other national stages.  To learn more about Ilze and her performances, please visit http://www.basketballfamily.com/.

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Friday July 17, 2015

 MAGIC DAVE


Boston Magician and Mentalist David Hall's award winning performances are full of wit, comedy, charm, stunning slight-of-hand tricks, and amazing mindreading. David typically books over 300 engagements a year and has been entertaining audiences since 1998 as a premiere Boston Magician and Mentalist. His show is a blend of comedy magic and mind reading-a combination that results in extraordinary and unforgettable performances.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday July 18, 2015

JAMAAL WILKES - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2012

Smooth as Silk. There really was no better description of his game, his demeanor, his style. Jamaal Wilkes represented California basketball from the moment he stepped onto the floor to the day he retired as one of the game’s all-time great champions. At UCLA, he was a key player on the program’s 88-game win streak under legendary coach John Wooden. The streak included two undefeated runs to NCAA national championships in 1972 and 1973. Wilkes gave real meaning to the term student-athlete leaving UCLA as a three-time Academic All-America and graduating with a degree in economics. Success followed him to his next stop in the Golden State earning Rookie of the Year honors with the hometown Warriors. That same year Wilkes also won the first of four NBA championships. Silk was then an anchor on the early Showtime Lakers teams that won three NBA titles, in 1980, 1982, and 1985. A three-time All Star, he was an effective outside shooter with an unorthodox delivery that simply worked.  Don't miss your chance to meet one of the greatest players ever to play the game. Following a presentation on his career, Jamall will be signing copies of his book "Jamaal Wilkes: Memoirs of the Original Smooth As Silk".  Copies of the book will be available for sale that day.

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Sunday July 19, 2015

 VALLEY BLUE SOX

Join us at The Basketball Hall of Fame to meet the players of the Valley Blue Sox. They will be doing a meet and greet, signing autographs and taking pictures throughout the museum. Don't miss this chance to come support your local Valley Blue Sox!

 

 

 

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Monday July 20, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

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Tuesday July 21, 2015

 VAN CHANCELLOR - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2007

Van is a former college and professional basketball coach. He coached University of Mississippi women's basketball, Louisiana State University women's basketball, and the professional Houston Comets. He was named head coach on April 11, 2007, replacing Pokey Chatman. In 2001, Van Chancellor was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was enshrined as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2007. Van Chancellor currently serves as an analyst for Southland Conference games on ESPN3. 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday July 22, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday July 23, 2015

KATRINA McCLAIN - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2012

Katrina McClain was a prolific rebounder and terrific scorer in a career that spanned three Olympic Games, three continents, and countless driveways, backyards, and arenas all over the world. Before she earned her stripes for USA Basketball, McClain starred at the University of Georgia where she was a two-time Kodak All-America and the WBCA National Player of the Year her senior season. She left Georgia as the school’s second all-time leading scorer and rebounder, averaging a double-double her final two seasons in Athens. The Lady Bulldogs reached the 1985 NCAA Final Four and national championship game with McClain controlling the paint and Teresa Edwards running the offense. The two-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year finished her international career with two Olympic gold medals and one bronze, three FIBA World Championships medals, and five medals at the Goodwill Games, Pan Am Games, and World University Games. In all Katrina McClain appeared on eleven USA Basketball rosters becoming one of the most decorated athletes in USA Basketball history.  Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the most decorated womens players ever to play the game.

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Friday July 24, 2015

REGGIE THEUS

Theus played his college basketball at UNLV for head coach Jerry Tarkanian from 1976 to 1978. In three seasons with the Runnin' Rebels, he averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Theus, who became one of the best players to ever don a UNLV uniform, shot 81 percent from the free-throw line for his career while amassing 1,177 career points (21st on all-time scoring list), 401 career assists and 389 career rebounds in just 91 collegiate games. After attending UNLV and having a successful college career, Theus was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 9th pick of the 1978 NBA Draft. A 6'7" guard, Theus averaged 16.3 points per game during his first season and was the runner-up for the 1979 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He ended his NBA career with productive one-year stints for the Atlanta Hawks (1988–89), Orlando Magic (1989–90), and New Jersey Nets (1990–91), leaving the league in 1991 with career totals of 19,015 points and 6,453 assists.

 

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Saturday July 25, 2015

HERSEY HAWKINS

Hawkins played four seasons at Bradley University where in the 1987 season, he averaged an NCAA Division I high 36.3 points per game.  He was later named National College Player of the Year.  He currently ranks eigth all time in Division I scoring just ahead of Oscar Robertson and is one of only eight players ever to score more than 3,000 career points.  He other collegiate ackolades includewinning the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, UPI Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, was a Consensus First-Team All-American, two time MVC Player of the Year, and had is number 33 retired by Bradley.  After a record setting collegiate career, he went on to be drafted sixth overall in the 1988 NBA Draft.  In his rookie season he earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.  In 1991, he averaged 22.1 points per game and was named to the All-Star team.  He went on to have a career where he amassed 14,470 points, 3,466 rebounds, and 1,622 steals.  Don't miss your chance to meet this former NBA star and one of the best college players ever to play NCAA Division I hoops.


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Sunday July 26, 2015

COURT JESTERS

The Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship skills. Like the Harlem Globetrotters, the Court Jesters, led by Andrew Eckman, (former General Manager of the Harlem Wizards and Harlem Rockets), are dedicated to providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. They will dazzle the audience with their skills and antics while providing countless laughs and good cheer to young and old alike!

 

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Monday July 27, 2015

 CALVIN MURPHY - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1993

Pound for pound, nobody played with more heart than Calvin Murphy. This big 5-foot-9 dynamo played pressure basketball at both ends of the court. He was a penetrator supreme on offense who could stop on a dime and stick a jump shot. His aggressive, belly-to-belly style also made him a top-notch defensive player despite guarding bigger players. A scoring phenomenon in high school and college, Murphy tallied 2,548 points (33.1 ppg) at Niagara University and once torched Syracuse for 68 points. He flourished in thirteen pro seasons with the San Diego and Houston Rockets and was automatic from the free-throw line, making 78 consecutively, ranking him among the NBA's all-time best. Don't miss your chance to meet one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

 

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Tuesday July 28, 2015

 ALLAN HOUSTON

Before his retirement in the Fall of 2005, Allan was touted as one of the “purest shooters” in the NBA, finishing his career as one of the NBA’s all-time greatest long-range shooters (#11 in three pointers made) and one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history (#2 in three pointers, #4 in total points, and #8 in scoring average). Allan is a two-time NBA All-Star, and in his last healthy season (2002-03) finished as the 10th leading scorer in the league. But for all his accomplishments he is especially proud of being named one of The Sporting News’ “Good Guys in Sports” (four times) and helping Team USA bring home the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics games in Sydney, Australia.

 

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Wednesday July 29, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday July 30, 2015

JO JO WHITE - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

A standout at the University of Kansas, White was a two time Consensus Second Team All-American.  He went on to become the 9th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 1969 NBA Draft.  White's first year with the Celtics came fresh off the retirement of player/coach Bill Russell and star shooting guard Sam Jones.  With big shoes to fill, White would endure a rebuilding year whre the Celtics franchise experience their first losing season in 19 years.  Despite the teams struggles that season, White would named to the All-NBA Rookie Team.  Under Whites leadership, the team would quickly return to it's winning ways and go on to win two championships over the next few years.  Along with those two championshiops, his incredible career would consist of two an NBA Finals MVP, he was a seven time NBA All-Star, was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and later had is number 10 retired by the Celtics. Along with these professional accomplishments, he also won a gold medal for team USA in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. For his career he scored more than 14,000 points, dished out more than 4,000 assists, and hauled in more that 3,300 rebounds.  Don't miss your chance to meet this newly elected member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and one of the greatest players ever to play. 

 

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Friday July 31, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday August 1, 2015

BILL WENNINGTON

While attending High School at Long Island Lutheran, Wennington led the Crusaders to a number 1 ranking in the Northeast region and a top 10 ranking nationally.  He was recrutied to play collegiatly at St. John's University under legendary Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca.  Following his collegiate career he was drafted 16th overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks.  Wennington made a name for himself as a key role player in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990's.  During that run, Wennington played a key role in historic back-to-back-to-back championships.  Alongside Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, along with Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, these Bulls teams formed some of the greatest teams in history.  Don't miss your chance to meet this three time NBA Champion during the 60 Days of Summer.


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Sunday August 2, 2015

 WINS 4 LIFE CLINIC

Mr. David Vasquenza is owner and director of WINS For Life. He has a range of valuable work experience and knowledge in teaching, training, coaching and motivating individuals and groups of all ages. He was employed at Oak Hill School for over 20 years where he gained extensive experience as a staff trainer and direct care provider in special education. He has successfully coached basketball at many levels (college, high school, AAU, middle school). From 1996-2000, Coach Vasquenza assisted Worcester State College to much success and the best four-year record in the 65-year history of the Men’s Basketball program. The WINS For Life workshops he created and facilitates serve as professional development hours for teachers and child care providers across New England. Their mission statement is “to assist as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible”. Don't miss this opportunity to test your skills and learn some new ones at The Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

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Monday August 3, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday August 4, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday August 5, 2015

SPENCER HAYWOOD - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Haywood started off his colegiate career at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado.  During the 1967 season, he averaged 28.2 points and 22.1 rebounds per game.  His dominant performance earned him a spot on team USA in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. On their way to the gold medal, Haywood was the leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game.  Later that year, he transferred to the University of Detroit and led the NCAA in rebounding with an average of 21.5 rebounds per game while also scoring 32.1 points per game.  Following his sophomore season, he decided to turn pro but the NBA rules prohibited him from entering the league.  Instead, he took his talents to the Denver Rockets of the ABA.  There, he would lead the league in scoring as a rookie and also in rebounding on his way to leading the Rockets to the ABA's Western Division Title.  He was named both ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA MVP during that season and became the youngest recipient of such honors.  After a brief tenure in the ABA, Haywood joined the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1972 and 1973.  In that season, he averaged 29.2 points per game and 13.4 rebounds per game.  He would go on to score more than 17,000 points and 8,600 rebounds throughout his career which came to a career average of 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.  Don't miss your chance to meet one of the greatest players in ABA and NBA history and newly elected member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015!

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Thursday August 6, 2015

TERESA EDWARDS - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2011

A five-time Olympian with four gold medals to her name, Teresa Edwards is one of the most decorated team sport athletes in Olympic history. She began her Olympic journey at the tender age of 20, winning her first gold medal at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. For her encore performance, Edwards soon added gold medals at the 1987 Pan-American Games, 1988 Olympic Games, and 1990 FIBA World Championships. She was a dominant playmaker at the University of Georgia leading the Lady Bulldogs to six SEC championships overall and two NCAA Final Fours. After graduation, Edwards polished her game around the globe with stops in places like Italy, France, Spain, and Japan. But every four years she returned home to represent her country in the Olympics. In 1996, the Georgia native won gold medal number three at the Atlanta Games. Soon after she played professionally for the Atlanta Glory in the upstart American Basketball League averaging better than 20 points and 6 assists per game. In 2000, Edwards won her final medal in international competition – gold of course – as the first American to appear in five Olympic Games.  Don't miss your chance to meet one of the greatest womens players ever to play.

 

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Friday August 7, 2015

 BRIAN SCALABRINE

Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Raised in Enumclaw, Washington, Scalabrine attended the University of Southern California after transferring from Highline College. As a member of the USC Trojans men's basketball team, Scalabrine was the top average scorer and a leader in field goals and rebounds. The New Jersey Nets selected him in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft. The Nets made the 2002 NBA Finals during his rookie season, and Scalabrine played four seasons with the team. In 2005, he signed with the Boston Celtics and won a championship with the team in 2008. The Celtics also appeared in the 2010 NBA Finals. Scalabrine signed with the Chicago Bulls the following season, and played with them until 2012.

 

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Saturday August 8, 2015

 MAGIC DAVE


Boston Magician and Mentalist David Hall's award winning performances are full of wit, comedy, charm, stunning slight-of-hand tricks, and amazing mindreading. David typically books over 300 engagements a year and has been entertaining audiences since 1998 as a premiere Boston Magician and Mentalist. His show is a blend of comedy magic and mind reading-a combination that results in extraordinary and unforgettable performances.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday August 9, 2015

 DARRYL DAWKINS

Dawkins averaged double figures in scoring nine times in his 14 years in the NBA, often ranking among the league leaders in field-goal percentage. He also played in the NBA Finals three times as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In a game against the Kansas City Kings at Kemper Arena on November 11, 1979, Dawkins threw down such a massive dunk that the backboard shattered, sending the Kings' Bill Robinzine ducking. Three weeks later he did it again, this time at home against the San Antonio Spurs at the Spectrum. A few days after that the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension. Dawkins named the first backboard-breaking dunk "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam. He ended his career averaging 12.0 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. 

 

 

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Monday August 10, 2015

DIKEMBE MUTOMBO - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Originally attending Georgetown University on a USAID scholarship with hopes of becoming a doctor, Hall of Fame coach John Thompson had other ideas.  Teaming with Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, the two formed a shot blocking duo known as "Rejection Row".  While at Georgetown, he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice and finished his career as third all time in blocked shots in the universities history.  He went on to be drafted fourth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He immediately lived up to his draft status by being selected as an All-Star while averaging 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game as a rookie.  He spent five seasons with the Nuggets and led them to a playoff upset over the top ranked Seattle SuperSonics, becoming the first eighth seed to win an NBA playoff series.  Throughout a career that spanned a remarkable 18 seasons, he went on to play for Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and Houston.  Among his many ackolades, he was named a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, eight time NBA All-Star, three time All NBA Team, six time All NBA Defensive Team, and is second all-time in NBA Career Blocks.  Don't miss your chance to meet on the greatest defensive players and shot blockers ever to play the game during the Hall of Fame's 60 Days of Summer!

 

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Tuesday August 11, 2015

JACK SIKMA

After being named a First-team Division III All-American in 1977 at Illinois Wesleyan University, Sikma went on to be drafted eigth overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1977 NBA Draft.  In his first year with the Sonics, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.  Throughout a remarkable career that spanned 14 seasons, his most dominant stretch started in 1979 when paired with Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams, and Paul Silas, the group was able to win the NBA Championship.  1979 started a series of seven consecutive years where Sikma was named to the NBA All-Star team.  Throughout his career, he was known around the league as one of the most accurate shooting big men of his era.  He shot a career average of 84.9% from the free throw line but in 1987, shot an incredible 92.2% from the line which would lead the league in that category.  Along with his free throw accuracy, hew would also hold a career three point shooting percentage of 32.8%.  Along with being one of the best shooting big men in league history, Sikma was also a dominant force in defensive rebounding where he would lead the league in that category in both 1981 and 1983.  Currently, Sikma's number 43 is one of only six players to be given that honor by the Seattle franchise.  Don't miss your opportunity to meet one of the greats of the game and hear him speak on his playing career during the 60 Days of Summer!

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Wednesday August 12, 2015

 UMASS CLINIC

Come participate and test your skills in this fun filled clinic staring members of the UMASS Mens Basketball Team. Improve your shooting, dribbling and passing with some help from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday August 13, 2015

LEON POWE

As a student at Oakland Technical High School, Powe averaged 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game as a senior and led the team to two consecutive CIF State Championships in 2002 and 2003.  He was named Gatorade California Player of the Year during his senior season.  After being named a MdDonald's All-American, he would go on to play collegiately for the University of California.  During his freshman year, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.  Following a major knee injury which sidelined him for his entire Sophomore season, he would return to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game leading Cal to an NCAA Tournament birth.  Foregoing his senior season, he was drafted 49th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2006 NBA Draft.  With the Celtics, Powe played a vital role in helping the team win the 2008 NBA Championship over the rival Los Angeles Lakers.  During that playoff run, Powe's tenacious defense and ability to score in the clutch was one of the main reasons the Celtics we're able to take home the championship.  His efforts that season will forever endure him to Boston Celtics fans.  Don't miss your opportunity to meet him and hear him speak on his playing career during the 60 Days of Summer! 

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Friday August 14, 2015

DAMON STOUDAMIRE

While at Woodrow Wilson High School, Stoudamire averaged 26 points and 9 assists per game while leading the team to two Oregon state championships in 1989 and 1991.  During that same period he was named Oregon Player of the Year twice and also named a Converse High School All-American.  After a stellar high school career, he went on to play for the University of Arizona Wildcats under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson.  During his collegiate career he was a First-Team All-American, finalist for College Player of the Year, a Wooden Award Finalist, and shared Pac-10 Player of the Year.  At the time he finished his career at Arizona, he was first in all-time three pointers made, second in points, fourth in assistas, and was the only player in Arizona history to have two 40 point games.  Following his career at Arizona, he was drafted seventh overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft.  As the first ever draft pick of the Toronto Raptors, he went on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors by averaging 19 points and 9 assists per game.  His small stature and tenacious play earned him the nickname "Mighty Mouse".  In his 13 year career he scored 11,763 points, had 5,371 assists, and 953 steals.   Don't miss your chance to meet one of the greatest players in Toronto Raptors history during the 60 Days of Summer!

 

 

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Saturday August 15, 2015

SHABAZZ NAPIER

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Napier was considered a four-star recruit coming out of Lawrence Academy in Groton.  As a junior, he led Lawrence to an undefeated season as they won the New England Prep Class C title. Following his prep career, he attended the University of Connecticut where he would win two National Championships.  He would have a solid freshman season where he went on to score eight points per game while serving in a back up role to current NBA veteran, Kemba Walker.  He moved into the started rotation as a sophomore and rose his points per game average to 13.  It was during his junior season, while paired with Ryan Boatright, that the two would form one of the best backcourt duo's in all of college basketball.  He again rose his points per game average that season to 17.  Returning for his senior year proved to be a wise decision as it would be his most decorated season to date.  Along with winning the NCAA National Championship. he would also be named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Consensus first-team All-American, Bob Cousy Award Winner, AAC Player of the Year and First-team All-AAC.  He would go on to be drafted 24th overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets which then immediately traded him to the Miami Heat.  He began to hit his professional stride in February as he had a season best game with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Shortly after he was ruled out for the season after suffering an injury.  Don't miss your chance to meet one of the most clutch performers in the history of UConn and current NBA player!

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Sunday August 16, 2015

LUCKY TICKET GIVEAWAY

Don't forget to check the back of your admission ticket to see if you won one of our great prizes! Some of our prizes will include Hall of Fame T-Shirts, Family Four Pack of Admission Tickets, Hall of Fame Store Gift Certificates, miscellaneous basketball memorabilia and more!!

 

 

 

 

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Monday August 17, 2015

COURT JESTERS

The Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship skills. Like the Harlem Globetrotters, the Court Jesters, led by Andrew Eckman, (former General Manager of the Harlem Wizards and Harlem Rockets), are dedicated to providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. They will dazzle the audience with their skills and antics while providing countless laughs and good cheer to young and old alike!

 

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Tuesday August 18, 2015

 WINS 4 LIFE CLINIC

Mr. David Vasquenza is owner and director of WINS For Life. He has a range of valuable work experience and knowledge in teaching, training, coaching and motivating individuals and groups of all ages. He was employed at Oak Hill School for over 20 years where he gained extensive experience as a staff trainer and direct care provider in special education. He has successfully coached basketball at many levels (college, high school, AAU, middle school). From 1996-2000, Coach Vasquenza assisted Worcester State College to much success and the best four-year record in the 65-year history of the Men’s Basketball program. The WINS For Life workshops he created and facilitates serve as professional development hours for teachers and child care providers across New England. Their mission statement is “to assist as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible”. Don't miss this opportunity to test your skills and learn some new ones at The Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

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Wednesday August 19, 2015

 JIM CALHOUN - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2005

In establishing himself as one of college basketball's greatest program builders, Jim Calhoun's base of operations for his entire career has been the birthplace of the game he loves - New England. From his native Braintree, MA to his collegiate playing days at American International College in Springfield, MA, to brief tenures at high schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Calhoun never left home. In 1972, Calhoun began a remarkable four-decade run that would redefine New England college basketball, astutely transforming the Northeastern University and University of Connecticut programs. For 14 seasons (1972-86), Calhoun upgraded Northeastern from Division II status to a perennial NCAA Division I tournament team. Since 1986, Calhoun has elevated Connecticut from regional contender to three-time NCAA national champion and has created one of the nation's elite college basketball programs.  His career ackolades include three National Championship while at UConn, an NIT National Championship, National Coach of the Year in 1990, and four-time Big East Coach of the Year.  Upon retiring from coaching, he has recently released a documentary titled "Jim Calhoun - Born to Lead".  Along with speaking on his coaching career, Jim will be discussing the release of this new documentary.  Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase and Coach Calhoun will personally sign each copy.  Throughout the day, there will be three seperate screenings of the film.  The screening times will be 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm in the Hall of Fame theater.  You don't want to miss out on participating in this amazing day of history!  For more inforation on the documentary, or to see the trailer, click here!

 

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Thursday August 20, 2015

ILZE LUNEAU

Back by popular demand!  Ilze has been entertaing Hall of Fame crowds for years during the 60 Days of Summer!  Her fun filled interactive performance showcases some of the best dribbling and ball handling skills you will ever see.  Wether is dribbling and juggling at the same time, dribbling six basketballs while on a balance board, or spinning severall basketballs at once, her performance is sure to leave you entertained and provide fun for the whole family!  Along with the Hall of Fame, she has performed at numerous halftime shows, on ESPN, the Late Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and many other national stages.  To learn more about Ilze and her performances, please visit http://www.basketballfamily.com/.

 

 

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Friday August 21, 2015

 VIN BAKER

After a college career at the University of Hartford, not far from where he grew up in Old Saybrook, Baker was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 8th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft. After four seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics following the 1996–97 NBA season in a three-team deal. He ended his career averaging 15 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Vin also has a non-profit foundation called the Stand Tall Foundation that helps give kids a better future by financially assisting with different charitable and volunteer organizations. The goal of the Stand Tall Foundation is to help young people with their education, personal development and general well-being.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday August 22, 2015

CHRIS DUHON

During his senior year at Salmen High School in Louisiana, Duhon was voted Mr. Basketball for the state.  Along with those honors, he was also a McDonald's All-American and won the McDonald's Three Point Shootout.  Predominantly a role player coming into Duke University, he was given a chance to start due to injuries and took over the role as the teams starting point guard.  Under his on court leadership, the Blue Devils won the 2001 NCAA National Championship and he was named ACC Rookie of the Year.  Over the next three seasons, Duhon focused on his defense and versatility and following his senior season, he finished as Duke's all-time leader in steals, minutes played and second in assists.  He went on to be drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 2004 NBA Draft.  While with the Bulls, he played an instrumental role in leading the team to their first playoff series win since the Michael Jordan era.  Following his tenure with the Bulls, he would go on to play for the Knicks, Magic and Lakers where he would end his nine year NBA career.  Don't miss your chance to meet this former Duke University star and NBA veteran.

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Sunday August 23, 2015

LUCKY TICKET GIVEAWAY

Don't forget to check the back of your admission ticket to see if you won one of our great prizes! Some of our prizes will include Hall of Fame T-Shirts, Family Four Pack of Admission Tickets, Hall of Fame Store Gift Certificates, miscellaneous basketball memorabilia and more!!

 

 

 

 

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Monday August 24, 2015

HALL OF FAME STAFF CLINIC

Join us at the Hall of Fame to practice your skills and learn some new ones from our staff including our local coaching legend Gene Eggleston. Eggleston, a 1968 Cathedral High School graduate, coached 22 seasons at his alma mater, including the final 12 as the varsity head coach. His teams reached five regional Division I finals, claiming titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Don't miss your chance to learn some drills from one of the greatest coaches from around the area! 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday August 25, 2015

COURT JESTERS

The Jesters are a group of highly talented former college and professional basketball players with great showmanship skills. Like the Harlem Globetrotters, the Court Jesters, led by Andrew Eckman, (former General Manager of the Harlem Wizards and Harlem Rockets), are dedicated to providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. They will dazzle the audience with their skills and antics while providing countless laughs and good cheer to young and old alike!

 

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Wednesday August 26, 2015

 TROPHY DAY

Join us at The Basketball Hall of Fame for your chance to take a picture with the Larry O' Brien Trophy! The championship trophy is awarded annually by the National Basketball Association to the winner of the NBA Finals. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The basketball itself is nine inches in diameter, about the same size as a NBA regulation ball. The current design was first awarded in 1977 still under its original name, which was changed in honor of former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien who served from 1975 to 1984. 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday August 27, 2015

HALL OF FAME STAFF CLINIC

Join us at the Hall of Fame to practice your skills and learn some new ones from our staff including our local coaching legend Gene Eggleston. Eggleston, a 1968 Cathedral High School graduate, coached 22 seasons at his alma mater, including the final 12 as the varsity head coach. His teams reached five regional Division I finals, claiming titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Don't miss your chance to learn some drills from one of the greatest coaches from around the area! 

 

 

 

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Friday August 28, 2015

 MEADOWLARK LEMON - HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2003

Few athletes in any sport have impacted their sport on a worldwide level more than Meadowlark Lemon. Perhaps the most well-known and beloved member of the Harlem Globetrotters, Lemon played in more than 16,000 games - 7,500 consecutively - for the Globetrotters in a career that began in 1954 and lasted until 1978. Known as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," Lemon's favored "can't miss" halfcourt hookshot and comedic routines entertained millions of fans in more than 70 countries around the globe. As a basketball performer, Lemon's goal was always the same - entertainment, laughter and fun. Lemon, who has performed before Popes and Presidents, also played with the Bucketeers (1980-83), Shooting Stars (1984-87) and the Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Stars (1988-98). He played 50 games for the Globetrotters in 1994. In 2000 he received the Basketball Hall of Fame's John Bunn Award for lifetime contributions to the sport.

 

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Saturday August 29, 2015

 TROPHY DAY

Join us at The Basketball Hall of Fame for your chance to take a picture with the Larry O' Brien Trophy! The championship trophy is awarded annually by the National Basketball Association to the winner of the NBA Finals. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The basketball itself is nine inches in diameter, about the same size as a NBA regulation ball. The current design was first awarded in 1977 still under its original name, which was changed in honor of former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien who served from 1975 to 1984. 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday August 30, 2015

 TROPHY DAY

Join us at The Basketball Hall of Fame for your chance to take a picture with the Larry O' Brien Trophy! The championship trophy is awarded annually by the National Basketball Association to the winner of the NBA Finals. It is designed to look like a basketball about to enter a net. The basketball itself is nine inches in diameter, about the same size as a NBA regulation ball. The current design was first awarded in 1977 still under its original name, which was changed in honor of former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien who served from 1975 to 1984. 

 

 

 

 



 

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*All appearances are subject to change without notice.  In the event of a cancelation, we will make every effort to replace the appearance with comparable programming.

*All player appearances will be followed by an autograph signing unless specifically noted in the appearance description.

*Are you a performer interested in being part of the 60 Days of Summer?  If so, contact Jason Fiddler, Director of Museum Sales and Operations at (413) 231-5540 or jfiddler@hoophall.com.

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