Monday
Jul252011

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Tickets Now on Sale!

 

Tickets now on-sale to general public for Mohegan Sun Event

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets over the weekend at one of the premier destinations in New England.   Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

Teams scheduled to compete in the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off are:  Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East). 

Tip-Off Tournament Schedule


Saturday November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 1 – NAISMITH BRACKET

12 Noon                    Game 1 - Kentucky vs. Penn State

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 2 - Old Dominion vs. South Florida

SESSION 2 – SPRINGFIELD BRACKET

6:00 PM                     Game 3 - Marist vs. Vermont

Approx 8:00 PM      Game 4 - Long Island vs. Radford

 

Sunday November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 1 – NAISMITH BRACKET

12 Noon                    Game 5 - Kentucky vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*  

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 6 - Penn State vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*

*If Kentucky wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2; if Penn State wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2 at pre-determined times.

SESSION 2 – SPRINGFIELD BRACKET

5:30 PM                     Game 7 –Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Approx 7:30 pm      Game 8 –Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4

For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages, hospitality packages for the weekend games and campus site schedule, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com 

 

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.

Tuesday
Jul122011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Joins Blue Star Museums Alliance

Supports U.S. Military Personnel and their families to enjoy basketball’s history

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has joined the Blue Star Museums partnership to give United States Military personnel and their families an opportunity to visit the Hall in the birthplace of basketball at no cost.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is honored to recognize the men and women who represent our country by offering them free admission throughout the summer,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Blue Star Museums is a tremendous program that promotes family values and recognizes the sacrifices of our armed forces – we are excited to help promote this initiative.”

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across the country. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.  To find out additional museums that are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

The Basketball Hall of Fame free admission for Blue Star families includes current special exhibits such as “Michael Jordan: Becoming Legendary” and a tribute to United States Olympic Championship Basketball Teams titled “USA Basketball: Commitment to the Dream.”

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.

Friday
Jun242011

10 Spalding Hoophall Classic Alums Selected in NBA Draft

Former St. Patrick star Kyrie Irving goes No.1 overall

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Ten alumni of the Spalding Hoophall Classic were selected during the 2011 NBA Draft last night in Newark, NJ, headlined by No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving who competed in 2010 at St. Patrick High School before continuing on to Duke.  Six other alumni were selected in the first round (#4 - Tristan Thompson, 2010 - Findlay College Prep; #8 - Brandon Knight, 2008 - Pine Crest School; #9 - Kemba Walker, 2006 - Rice High School; #19 - Tobias Harris, 2010 - Half Hollow Hills West; #21 - Nolan Smith, 2006 - Oak Hill Academy and #29 - Cory Joseph, 2010 - Findlay College Prep.  The complete list is below.

            • #1 - Kyrie Irving (2010 - St. Patrick)

            • #4 - Tristan Thompson (2010 - Findlay College Prep)

            • #8 - Brandon Knight (2008 - Pine Crest School)

            • #9 - Kemba Walker (2006 - Rice High School)

            • #19 - Tobias Harris (2010 - Half Hollow Hills West)

            • #21 - Nolan Smith (2006 - Oak Hill Academy)

            • #29 - Cory Joseph (2010 - Findlay College Prep)

            • #49 - Josh Selby (2009 - DeMatha Catholic)

            • #52 - Vernon Macklin (2006 - Hargrave Military)

            • #60 - Isaiah Thomas (2008 - South Kent)

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.

 

Friday
Jun242011

John Doleva, President/CEO Basketball Hall of Fame Makes Contribution to the Rotary Club of Springfield

Photo L. - R. John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Mark A. Niederpruem, President, Rotary Club of Springfield and Frank Colaccino, Trustee on the Basketball Hall of Fame Board and Luncheon Committee Chair for the 2010 Tip-Off Classic.SPRINGFIELD, MA - On June 3, 2011 John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Frank Colaccino, a Trustee of the Hall of Fame's Board and Committee Chair for the 2010 Tip Off Classic Luncheon Committee, presented a check for $2,500 to the Rotary Club of Springfield. The contribution was from the proceeds of the Tip-Off Classic luncheon held at the Hall of Fame last November. The Rotary Club of Springfield partnered with the Basketball Hall of Fame on the return of the Tip-Off Classic to Springfield with a luncheon that kicked off the 3 day invitational on the Museum¹s Center Court.  The contribution will be used for the Rotary clubs Service Fund grants which are awarded to Springfield based tax-exempt, non-profit organizations for capital items.

The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at The Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, and is a proud member of Rotary International.

For more information on the Springfield Rotary or becoming a member, please contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Mike Healy at 413-267-1217 or visit their Web site at www.springfieldmarotary.org.

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.

Tuesday
Jun142011

John Doleva stops by Comcast Newsmakers

John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, stops by Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremonies, special events for the summer, and other exciting Hall of Fame news.