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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Publishes 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

(OVERLAND PARK, KS) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which recently inducted its most celebrated class in history, teamed up with Ascend Books of Overland Park, Kansas, to celebrate the occasion with an official 50th anniversary commemorative book.


The 50th anniversary book, titled Hoops Heaven: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, offers a compilation of the game’s greatest players, coaches, contributors, referees, and teams, and their representation in the 80,000-square foot Hall located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Hall traces the game’s roots from its invention by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 through the present-day popularity of college basketball and the NBA.


“It’s a natural fit for Ascend to publish this anniversary book,” Ascend CEO and Publisher Bob Snodgrass said. “We have specialized in helping organizations commemorate important milestone events for many years. We know how important it is for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to publish its history during this pivotal year in the Hall’s existence.”


Ascend recently has published books by 2008 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale and by Bill Self, head coach of the University of Kansas and 2009 Associated Press Coach of the Year. Ascend will also release the official 75th anniversary commemorative book of the Orange Bowl in December 2009.


The Hall of Fame inducted its most celebrated class ever during ceremonies September 10-11, 2009, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, and C. Vivian Stringer comprised the Class of 2009.

HOOPS HEAVEN: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Author: Jack McCallum, Mel Greenberg, Blair Kerkhoff, and Notable Basketball Writers and Gowdy Award Winners
Publisher: Ascend Books LLC
Binding (Trim size) 9” x 11”, hardcover, color dust jacket
ISBN 13: 978-0-9817166-8-8
ISBN 10: 0-9817166-8-7

For more information about the book, please contact Kerry Comiskey at kcomiskey@ascendbooks.com or (913) 948-5500.

About Ascend Books

Ascend Books specializes in turning media-related ideas into custom books for events or organizations across the country. Each year organizations, associations, celebrities, charities, and teams celebrate significant anniversaries, events or accomplishments worthy of a custom book project. With these milestones comes the opportunity to broaden the collective mind share of the customers, fans or membership close to that organization, personality or milestone. Ascend Books publishes books with high-profile individuals and groups in areas of business, sports, and entertainment. We are interested in books worthy of regional or national trade distribution, as well as opportunities requiring an industry-specific emphasis to a targeted and specific readership. For more information, visit www.ascendbooks.com.