Monday
Apr022012

The Hanover Insurance Group Sponsors 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement

—Hanover Supports National Recognition Event of Excellence and Character—

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.  - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that The Hanover Insurance Group will sponsor the 2012 Class Announcement.

The annual announcement will take place on Monday, April 2 at 11 a.m. CT at the New Orleans Marriott prior to the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship Game that evening. The announcement will be broadcast live on NBA TV and includes:

  • Former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, Mannie Jackson announcing the 2012 winners of the Mannie Jackson – Basketball’s Human Spirit Award
  • President & CEO of the Hall of Fame, John Doleva presenting the 2012 Cousy Award winner
  • Hall of Famer & HOF Chairman, Jerry Colangelo reporting on Enshrinement
  • Jim Nantz of CBS Sports announcing the Class of 2012

 “We’re very excited to sponsor this event,” said Dick Lavey, senior vice president, field operations and marketing at The Hanover. “Our company has a longstanding commitment to community, youth and excellence, and it made sense to partner with an organization that inspires young people to work to achieve excellence and reach their full potential—and always doing it with integrity.”

 

“The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes and appreciates the support of The Hanover Insurance Group as we make several exciting announcements at our press conference at the Final Four,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our brands align perfectly in that both reflect excellence and a commitment to being at the apex of our respective categories.”

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 on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

About The Hanover

Founded in 1852, The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) is proud to be celebrating 160 years of delivering on its promises to its agent partners and their customers. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty products and services to businesses, individuals, and families through a select group of agents and brokers, and is ranked among the top 25 property and casualty companies in the United States.

 

Based in Worcester, Mass., The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company, also based in Worcester, Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered in Howell, Michigan, Chaucer Holdings PLC, based in London, and their affiliates. Through Chaucer, the company underwrites business at Lloyd’s of London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes, including property, marine and aviation, energy, U.K. motor and casualty. For more information, please visit www.hanover.com.

Thursday
Mar292012

North Carolina Point Guard Kendall Marshall Receives 2012 Bob Cousy Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina is the winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.  This annual honor is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy.  An original list, consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and a final five before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to present one of college basketball’s premier awards to Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “All season Kendall exemplified the type of leadership that Bob Cousy demonstrated throughout his Hall of Fame career, and we are honored to add him to the prestigious list of previous collegiate floor generals who elevated their teammates every time them stepped on the court.”

“We are privileged to honor Kendall Marshall for his tremendous season,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the Bob Cousy Award and former NABC President.  “This young man was an outstanding point guard for the Tar Heels all year.  We look forward to honoring Kendall in New Orleans on April 2nd.”

Marshall, a sophomore, commanded the Tar Heels to a No. 4 national ranking and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this season.  He led the nation in assists and assist-error ratio and was second in assists per game.  Prior to fracturing his right wrist in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, he finished the season with an ACC record 351 assists, the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history.  Marshall also became Carolina’s all-time leader in assist average with 7.96 per game and the ACC’s career leader in assist-error ratio at 3.01.  He set an ACC single-season record with 17 double-figure assist games, holds five of UNC’s top eight all-time single-game assist totals and set an ACC Tournament record with 31 assists in three games.  He also earned first-team All-America honors from CBSSports.com and was named a second-team All-ACC selection.

“Kendall had one of the finest season-long performances by a point guard that I can remember, so it is fitting for him to win the Bob Cousy Award,” said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, a 2007 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.  “He made it almost routine to have a game with 10 or more assists, something that just doesn’t happen on a regular basis. He is a coach’s dream – the way he runs the team on the floor, exemplifies great leadership and makes each of his teammates better. He set standards that will be hard for college point guards to match in years to come.”

The other 2012 finalists included Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s), Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).

Each of the final five candidates was reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee.  The 2012 Bob Cousy Award presentation will be on Monday April 2 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement in New Orleans at the Final Four.  

Previous Winners of the Bob Cousy Award
2004 - Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s)
2005 - Raymond Felton (North Carolina)
2006 - Dee Brown (Illinois)
2007 - Acie Law (Texas A&M)
2008 - D.J. Augustin (Texas)
2009 - Ty Lawson (North Carolina)
2010 - Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)
2011 - Kemba Walker (Connecticut)

Friday
Mar232012

The Basketball Hall of Fame honors Oakland University’s Reggie Hamilton with the 2012 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

44th annual award honors the daughter-in-law of Dr. James Naismith

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winner of
the 2012 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award. This award is given annually to one senior, six-foot-andunder,
who thrived in the classroom and on the basketball court.

This year’s winner is Reggie Hamilton from Oakland University. The 5’11” guard broke the Summit
League’s single-season scoring record this year with 919 points while also leading the nation in scoring
with 26 points per game. Hamilton has directed the Golden Grizzlies to a 20-15 record and an
appearance in this weekend’s semifinals of the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament. The
Chicago native went over 2,000 points for his career earlier this season and has a career-best 114
three-pointers this season, third-best in program history. He was also selected to the 2012 National
Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 12 first team

He graduated with a degree in communication from Oakland University in May 2011 and is currently
taking post-graduate courses. He was named to 2007-08 Academic All-Summit League team and is a
member of the National Honor Society.

“Reggie Hamilton is one of the premier scorers in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President
and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The combination of his success on the
court, and his achievements in the classroom as a student-athlete, make him a deserving recipient who
exemplifies the qualities this award is designed to celebrate.”

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law. A panel
of representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches selects the recipient. To earn
the award, the recipient must demonstrate leadership, character, loyalty, all-around basketball ability,
and excellence in the classroom.

Friday
Mar232012

Basketball Hall of Fame Announces the 2012 Western Massachusetts High School Player of the Year Awards

2nd annual award for boys and girls players of the year

Springfield, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winners of the 2nd annual Western Massachusetts Player of the Year awards presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame and MassLive.com.  The awards are presented annually at the Western Massachusetts Senior High School All-Star Games held at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Center Court on Thursday, March 22nd.

“This year’s recipients truly stand out of their class demonstrating unlimited talent and strong moral character” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame celebrates excellence at all levels of the game and is proud to continue with the second annual Western Massachusetts Players of the Year award.”

"Supporting high school sports is an important part of MassLive's commitment to our local community and we're excited to once again partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame for the second year," said MassLive.com Editor-in-Chief Ed Kubosiak Jr.

The 2nd annual boys’ basketball player of the year award goes to Tyrell Springer from Central High School. Springer helped the Golden Eagles reach the Boys Division 1 Championship by leading his team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Showing off his strength and explosiveness the senior guard hit the 1,000-point milestone in a win over Amherst Regional earlier this season. Tyrell has been a key contributor in the success of the No. 1 ranked Central program for the past four years.

The 2nd annual girls’ basketball player of the year goes to Monique Heard from Holyoke High School.  Monique is the reigning winner of last years award and becomes the first every back-to-back winner. The 5-foot-2 senior guard led Holyoke to a 21-2 record and the teams’ first Division 1 title scoring a game high 19 points.  She recorded her 1,000th career point in the final regular season game last year against Northampton – a game in which she scored 41 total points, including seven three-pointers.

"Tyrell and Monique are exactly what the student athlete should represent and we are proud to honor their great accomplishments,” Kubosiak said.

The award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of local media members.  Criteria for the awards include achievement on the court, sportsmanship and character off the court.

Wednesday
Mar212012

Basketball Hall of Fame to Host Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families on March 31st

Springfield, MA (March 21, 2012) - To honor our nation’s military, the Home Base Program is inviting Iraq and Afghanistan Service Members, Veterans, and military families to attend the next outing in its winter Adventure Series at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Admission is FREE to Active Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families to include all Hall of Fame exhibits on Saturday, March 31st from 12-4 pm. Attendees must RSVP as directed below as space is limited.
 
Activities include admission to the museum displays/exhibits, discounts on lunch or dinner to on-site restaurants and a short pickup game of hoops at the end of the day. The event will also include a brief speaking program at 1 pm in the theater.

"The Home Base Adventure Series would not be possible without the support of community champions like the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and their generous support of military families,” said Roger Knight, Director of Veteran Outreach for the Home Base Program.  “We are extremely pleased to join with the Hall of Fame in serving our veterans and families who have given so much for our country.”

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to service members veterans and families of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who are affected by combat stress or traumatic brain injury (TBI)-- the “invisible wounds of war.” Home Base also provides education for clinicians and community members and research in the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI. For information about the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program, please visit www.homebaseprogram.org.

To secure your reservations and spread the word to friends and family please send the following information to secure your registration by March 26th to cmoore28@partners.org. A limited number of spots are available so make your reservation as soon as possible!

1.    Veteran contact name, phone, email, branch of service
2.    Full name & age of all family members accompanying veteran
 
Home Base Media Contact:
Catherine Moore
Email: cmoore28@partners.org
www.homebaseprogram.org