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Big Y World Class Markets Renews Partnership As Presenting Sponsor of Spalding Hoophall Classic

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Big Y World Class Markets will continue its partnership as the presenting sponsor of this year’s 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic.  The high school basketball tournament is in its 11th year and has expanded to five days with 46 teams at Springfield College’s Blake Arena from January 12-16.  Seven of the nation’s top nine teams from the ESPN FAB 50 rankings will be participating.

“We are extremely grateful for Big Y’s commitment to the Hall of Fame and the Spalding Hoophall Classic,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Big Y has been a major participant in the Springfield community and their support will continue to make an impact on hundreds of aspiring basketball players from New England and around the country.”

This year’s elite programs include No 1. Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL), No. 2 Miller Grove High School (Lithonia, GA), No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), No. 6 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA), No. 7 Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV), No. 8. Findlay College Prep (Henderson, NV) and No. 9 St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, Sr.

“Big Y is proud to support one of the most celebrated events in the City of Springfield,” said John Schnepp, Director of Advertising for Big Y Foods.  “The Spalding Hoophall Classic draws thousands of fans from around the region to watch some exciting basketball and we value our partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

Tickets for the event are on sale in advance at the Basketball Hall of Fame at $15 for adults and $10 for youth/students (18 and under). All patrons that present a Big Y World Class Market Savings Card will receive a $1 discount on each ticket purchased.  For more information, visit the official web site at www.thehoophallclassic.com.

Big Y World Class Markets:
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 61 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a “Y”. This year, the company celebrates its 75th anniversary.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

For more information:
Visit us on the web: www.hoophall.com
… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF
… on Twitter: @hoophall
… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA