Wednesday
Sep122012

Inaugural Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic Includes Auction of Unrivaled Array of Sports, Entertainment and Presidential Memorabilia  

Live Auction to be hosted at the Wigwam Golf Resort on September 19th

PHOENIX, Ariz. and SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced details of its September 19th auction and other special events in association with the first annual Jerry Colangelo Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic.

More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to participate in this year’s golf classic. Scheduled events for the two-day event include a VIP Welcome Reception, Pairings Dinner, a dedication to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and a Championship Tournament across all three courses at the Wigwam Golf Resort.  Golfers will have a chance to win a new Mercedes-Benz on each of the courses with a hole-in-one through a partnership with the Phoenix Motor Company.

On Wednesday afternoon, September 19th, the Basketball Hall of Fame will conduct an auction for its guests of vintage sports-related, entertainment and Presidential memorabilia, hosted at the Wigwam.

“The items in this auction are very extraordinary and rare. We are extremely excited about sharing these items with our guests,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This will undoubtedly be one of the finest and most exciting auctions we have been associated with here at the Hall.”

A few of the marquee basketball items in the auction include signed and unique memorabilia from the 2012 Gold Medal winning basketball Teams, a Hall of Fame experience at NBA All-Star Weekend (including hotel, tickets to all events and games), a Hall of Fame experience at the NCAA Final Four (including hotel, tickets to all games seats in private HOF Suite), and full Enshrinement 2013 hospitality package as the Basketball Hall of Fame honors next’s year’s class in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Two other top items to be auctioned are closely linked to the Basketball Hall of Fame including an item from one of the great teammate tandem of all-time in Hall of Fame inductees Michael Jordan (Class of 2009) and Scottie Pippen (Class of 2010). This autographed framed photo of the two NBA all-stars is double-matted with a Chicago Bulls championship collage and a custom engraved plate.

The second key Basketball Hall of Fame item is a signed autographed basketball from 1979 Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. It is signed Wilt “the stilt” Chamberlain, very rare as Wilt scarcely signed “the stilt.”  It also comes with a golden deluxe display.

Off the court, a Presidential Extravaganza will also be up for auction. For the first time in history, five living Presidents were pictured together including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush along with autograph cuts, a Presidential seal, frame and double matte with custom engraved plates.

Another Presidential item is a rare photo of the first family of Camelot, The Kennedys. The photo includes President John F. Kennedy, Jackie, Caroline, and John Jr. along with autographs of JFK and Jackie with a custom engraved plate, custom frame and double matte.

The Wigwam, host site for the event, is a historic Arizona landmark in Glendale’s Litchfield Park that exemplifies resort life.  With luxurious accommodations, exceptional cuisine, extensive spa and recreational facilities, plus three 18-hole championship golf courses, the Wigwam will serve as hosts for this unmatched experience of a lifetime.  

For more information on participating or purchasing a golf foursome, please visit www.Hoophall.com or call (413) 781-6500.  Each foursome will include a fifth golfer – a prominent Hall of Famer, basketball personality or celebrity from the entertainment industry.  Proceeds from the event will benefit to benefit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, 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

Friday
Sep072012

Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With ‘First Hoops’ To Capture Basketball’s Roots

Photography initiative celebrates the first basketball hoops for all who love the game

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today a partnership with First Hoops, created by photographer Michael Paras in cooperation with marketing executive Richard Sanders and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.  First Hoops is a series of images that document the first-ever basketball hoops of Hall of Famers, basketball celebrities, contemporary stars and fans.  The project focuses on the original baskets and courts where basketball players of all levels first fell in love with the game at their earliest ages.

“Through the years, the Hall of Fame has celebrated some of basketball’s great players, teams, officials and contributors,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Now, we will collectively look through the lens of First Hoops to tell the incredible stories behind the dreams of every player and fan, from the moment they held a basketball in their hands and took their first shot.”

The First Hoops images will appear as an exclusive exhibit in the Basketball Hall of Fame in the spring of 2013 with the plan to travel the exhibit worldwide in the future.  The partnership will also include dedicated Facebook and social media outlets, marketing campaigns and a line of unique “First Hoops” merchandise that will include signed prints, posters, books and other related items.

“First Hoops is about capturing basketball at its most fundamental levels,” said Paras. “These images will showcase the raw passion for the game and share emotion that goes well beyond the basketball courts and into the lives of people around the world.”

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Friday
Sep072012

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Names Center Court For Hall of Famer Jerry Colangelo

Centerpiece of the Hall of Fame dedicated as the “Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that Center Court, located inside of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be re-named the “Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams” in honor of one of the most innovative and influential owners in NBA History as well as one of the Hall’s greatest supporters. The official court dedication will take place during a private ceremony on Friday, September 7th prior to the 2012 Enshrinement Ceremony.

Colangelo is currently the Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board, as well as the Chairman of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and architect of the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic Gold Medal winning teams.  He has spent most of his life involved with the game of basketball.  A graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned All-Conference honors as a player, Colangelo began his NBA career in 1966 with the Chicago Bulls’ front office.

“Jerry has not only given his entire career to the game of basketball, but he has been an unmatchable champion for the growth of the Hall of Fame,” said John L Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The organization decided to bestow this court dedication honor in his name as a result of the sacrifices and support he has shown for almost 50 years.”

Colangelo became the youngest general manager in professional sports with the expansion of the Phoenix Suns. In only his second season with the new club, Colangelo turned the Suns into a legitimate playoff threat. In 1976, Colangelo received his first Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award for taking the Suns to the NBA Finals. A respected member of the NBA Board of Governors, Colangelo played an integral role in the formation of the WNBA in 1997. He has also served on the NBA's Long Range Planning Committee, the Expansion Committee and the Competition and Rules Committee.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Thursday
Sep062012

Basketball Hall of Fame to Honor the Late Dave Gavitt With the Naming of the Tip-Off Tournament Championship Trophy

The newly named trophy will be called “The Gavitt Cup”

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the naming of its Tip-Off Tournament championship trophy as The Gavitt Cup, in honor and recognition of Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt, a true architect of the modern game of college basketball.  Beginning his career as the coach of Providence College, Gavitt made an impact in college basketball as the founder of the Big East Conference, Chairperson of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee and President of USA Basketball.  He was also the Chairman of the Board for the Basketball Hall of Fame during one of the organization’s most critical periods as he was truly instrumental with the building of the new current facility.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to announce the naming of the Tip-Off Tournament trophy in recognition of Dave Gavitt and his family,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Dave impacted the lives of countless student-athletes and we are honored to celebrate his life and dedication to college basketball through the naming and presentation of this trophy.”

As coach of the Friars from 1969 to 1979, Gavitt led Providence College to 209 wins, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons, five NCAA tournament appearances, the 1973 Final Four, and three NIT appearances. Gavitt galvanized efforts to create the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as the powerhouse conference's first commissioner until 1990.

His work with the Division I Men's Basketball Committee resulted in the expansion of the NCAA tournament to 64 teams and the use of domed stadiums for the Final Four. His lengthy résumé and contributions to New England basketball includes serving as Senior Executive Vice-President of the Boston Celtics from 1990 to 1994 and Chairman of the Hall of Fame from 1995 to 2003. Dave was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

The annual Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, an NCAA men’s exempt tournament, is sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut highlighted by eight schools in two four-team brackets.  

This year’s Tip-Off tournament teams are Loyola – MD (MAAC), Norfolk State University (MEAC), Ohio State University (Big Ten), Seton Hall University (Big East), University of Albany (America East), University of Missouri at Kansas City (Summit League), University of Rhode Island (Atlantic 10) and the University of Washington (Pac-12).

Tickets are available via the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  

The 2012 Tip-Off Tournament Brackets are:

Naismith Bracket
Ohio State University
Seton Hall University
University of Washington
University of Rhode Island

Springfield Bracket
University of Albany
Loyola University of Maryland
UMKC
Norfolk State

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.

About Mohegan Sun:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on facebook.com/mohegansun, follow us on twitter.com/mohegansun and view us on youtube.com/mohegansunvideos.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 10 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter's College and Siena College. For more on the conference, please visit www.maacsports.com.

Thursday
Sep062012

NBA Pioneer Wayne Embry Presented With 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman's Cup

Embry was the first African-American general manager in professional sports

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Wayne Embry is this year’s recipient of the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup, an honor recognizing Embry’s support to the Hall of Fame through the years. The award was announced at the annual Reunion Dinner Thursday evening, September 6th.

“Wayne established himself as a true pioneer in basketball -- who, with quiet determination and great strength of character, made a lasting and historic impact on the game to which he dedicated his life,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jerry Colangelo. “We would like to thank him for his hard work, dedication and vision of success for the Basketball Hall of Fame by presenting him with the 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Chairman’s Cup.”

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Embry attended Miami University (Ohio) where he was a two-time honorable mention All-American selection. During his tenure at Miami, he was the team’s leading scorer, team captain and MVP in 1957 and 1958. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a minor in business administration. He later went on to play 11 seasons professionally with the Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. He was on the 1968 Championship team with the Boston Celtics. In 1971, Embry was named General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first African-American GM in the NBA.  From 1985 to 1992, he was vice president and general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and became the NBA’s first African-American team president with the Cavaliers in 1994.

“Wayne has served as a trustee for the Basketball Hall of Fame for many years and he has been very instrumental in the planning and execution of the new direction of our organization at all levels,” said Basketball Hall of Fame President and CEO, John L. Doleva. “We cannot thank Wayne enough for his commitment to the game of basketball and the Hall throughout his career.”

Since leaving the Cavaliers and the NBA after over 50 years, Embry has dedicated his life to giving back.  He is actively involved in a substantial number of initiatives in the community.  In 2004 Embry published an autobiography entitled, “The Inside Game: Race, Power, and Politics in the NBA.” He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as contributor to the sport in 1999 and has served on the board of trustees since 1974.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.