Top Coaches Pay Tribute to The First Coach with Naismith Coaches Circle

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend will soon be upon us with legends of the game flocking to the Birthplace of Basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts for festivities taking place September 10th-12th. Tickets for many of the events, such as the Enshrinement ceremony, Press Conference, Induction Celebration, and Autograph Session are still available at

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Premier Partnership with MassMutual for 2015 Enshrinement

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) has been named a Premier Sponsor for the Class of 2015 Enshrinement festivities. The support includes giving to assist other Hall of Fame events that provide a positive impact on the community throughout the year.

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John Ritenour Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees

Chairman of Insurance Office of America to Serve a Three-Year Term

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that John Ritenour, Chairman of Insurance Office of America (IOA), has been unanimously elected to the Board of Trustees.  He will serve as one of 33 members, beginning a three-year term immediately.

“It is an honor to be named to the Board of Trustees and to represent the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” stated IOA Chairman John Ritenour on the announcement. “I look forward to working with the highly talented and prestigious group that guides the Hall, including many legends of the sport and the outstanding roster of civic and business leaders such as Chairman Jerry Colangelo and President and CEO, John Doleva and his accomplished staff.”

John and his wife, Valli, founded Insurance Office of America in Florida in 1988 with a vision to have an organization that gave ownership to its sales associates. Insurance Office of America now has over two hundred twenty five sales partners and over six hundred employees to whom John has given ownership. Under John’s leadership, IOA has grown from $188,000 in revenue the first year to over $120 million today.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame has had a tremendous relationship with IOA for a number of years,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “As a well-respected businessman, philanthropist and fan of the game, John Ritenour will be an excellent addition to our Board of Trustees.” 

The Board of Trustees serves as the group responsible for preserving the fundamental mission and financial well being of the Basketball Hall of Fame. They serve as ambassadors for the Hall promoting its core mission, which is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in basketball. Made up of individuals that work in or have worked in the game, as well as business leaders that have supported the game, the Board also elects all Governors of the Hall.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees: 

Lon Babby, Basketball Operations Senior Advisor, Phoenix Suns 
Kathy Behrens, Social Responsibility & Player Programs, NBA 
Jim Calhoun, Men’s Basketball Coach (Retired), Hall of Fame Class 2005 
Jim Carolus, President, Hillyard Industries 
Frank Colaccino, CEO, The Colvest Group, Ltd. 
Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College 
Bob Delaney, Vice President Referee Operations, NBA 
George Dickerman, Chairman (Retired), Spalding Sports Worldwide 
Danielle Donehew, Executive Director, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 
Arnie D. Fielkow, President & CEO, NBA Retired Players Association 
Richard B. Flynn, President (Retired), Springfield College 
William Gagnon, V.P. Marketing & Key Accounts, Excel Dryer, Inc. 
Bob Gardner, Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Association 
Michael Goldberg, Executive Director, NBA Coaches Association 
Russ Granik, Deputy Commissioner (retired), NBA  
Brendon C. Hutchins, Senior Vice President Wealth Mgmt., UBS 
Kevin Kennedy, Chief Development Officer, City of Springfield 
Harvey Mackay, Chairman & Founder, Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company 
Yvan Mainini, President, FIBA 
Reggie Minton, Deputy Executive Director Basketball Coaches, NBA 
Sarah Maggi Morin, Principal, Opportunity Development Group 
James P. Naismith (Retired) 
David A. Pace, President, Pace Sports 
Peter Picknelly, Jr., President, Peter Pan Bus Lines 
Laurel Richie, President, WNBA 
John Ritenour, Chairman, Insurance Office of America 
John L. Ritter, Partner, First New England Capital 
Charlie Rosenzweig, SVP Entertainment/Player Marketing, NBA 
Scott Sadowsky, President, Williams Distributing 
Ben C. Sutton, Jr., President, IMG College 
Jim Tooley, Executive Director, USA Basketball 
Kiki VanDeweghe, Senior VP Basketball Operations, NBA 
Glenn Wong, Professor of Sports Mgmt., University of Massachusetts 

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Hall of Fame Invitational Multi-Team Event

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and schedule for the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. This NCAA exempt multi-team event will feature five teams and take place in the weeks before and after Thanksgiving. A complete schedule can be found on the next page.

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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout to Feature Brown, Marist, South Carolina & St. John’s at Mohegan Sun

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that it will hold the Hall of Fame Shootout on Tuesday, December 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The doubleheader will feature St. John's University vs. University of South Carolina and Marist College vs. Brown University.

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