Wednesday
Jan192011

MAAC Unveils Plans for Basketball Hall of Fame Exhibit

Edison, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, in partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, unveiled plans for an exhibit at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The exhibit will focus on several aspects of MAAC Basketball and is slated to open in the fall of 2011.  The plans coincide with Springfield hosting the 2012, 2013 and 2014 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the MassMutual Center.

"The MAAC Council of Presidents unanimously approved the exhibit that will provide our 10 member institutions excellent exposure to basketball fans of all ages," said MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor.  "The display will celebrate the history of the MAAC, the experience of being a student-athlete and raise awareness of the annual conference championships taking place each year in Springfield."

The exhibit will feature several different themes.  Each of the 10 MAAC Institutions will have an individual kiosk to highlight the institution and its basketball history.  Featured items will include a team jersey, a large acrylic team logo and information on the institution.

Secondly, a piece entitled "A Day in the Life of a College Student-Athlete" will provide visitors unique insight into what it takes to succeed as a college student-athlete.  A video presentation will show selected MAAC student-athletes through their experiences, both inside the classroom and on the playing floor.

Another display will celebrate the 30-year history of the MAAC, including photos, artifacts and other memorabilia.  Lastly, a section will be devoted to current happenings in the MAAC, including up-to-date news, standings and information on championships.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to welcome the MAAC to the City of Springfield and the Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “The MAAC Championships in Springfield and the MAAC exhibit in the Hall of Fame continue the positive basketball additions to the City of Springfield.”

The presence of the MAAC in the Basketball Hall of Fame will include an exclusive area on the museum’s second floor.  The museum, which has 200,000 visitors annually, will feature the MAAC schools for the three years of the MAAC Championships.

The MAAC consists of 10 member institutions:  Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.), Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.), Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md.), Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.), Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), Niagara University (Niagara University, N.Y.), Rider University (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Saint Peter's College (Jersey City, N.J.), and Siena College (Albany, N.Y.).

Friday
Jan072011

Basketball Hall of Fame & MA State Police to Host National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

State Police Invite the Public to Participate in National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

The Massachusetts State Police and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will host the fourth annual Massachusetts State Police National AMBER Alert Day Child Safety Fair at the Hall of Fame in Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held in observance of the 14th annual National AMBER Alert Awareness Day. 

The fair will focus on Amber Alert awareness, abduction prevention education, and the preparation of digital child identification kits.  State troopers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine, along with officers from the Springfield Police Department will be fingerprinting children and preparing digital child identification kits for parents to use in the event that their child goes missing or is abducted. Thanks to the generosity of the Hall of Fame and Pride Gas Station, the fair is free of charge to those attending with a child. Former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros will visit the fair at 1 p.m., and various children’s activities will be held.

For the second consecutive year, troopers and officers will distribute DNA buccal swab kits. DNA buccal swab kits are used to collect and store a sample of a child’s skin cells that can be used to confirm identity through DNA comparison.  The buccal swab kits being distributed are maintained by the child’s parent or guardian for safekeeping, and can be stored in a refrigerator for up to three years.

The State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will also lead an internet safety presentation for parents and children in attendance.

National AMBER Alert Day honors the memory of Amber Hagerman, a nine-year-old girl who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas on January 13, 1996. The AMBER Alert system activates an urgent bulletin in the most serious child abduction cases in an attempt to galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.  The AMBER Alert program has proven to represent the best hope for the safe recovery of abducted children and to date is responsible for or has assisted in the recovery of 495 children nationwide.  In the seven years since the AMBER Alert program’s inception in Massachusetts, there have been 15 AMBER Alert activations that have recovered 23 abducted children.  The program has ensured the safe recovery of all of these children.  The success of the AMBER Alert program sends a strong message that crime against our children is grossly unacceptable and that as a society, we will work together to track down perpetrators who prey on children and safely recover the children they intend to harm. 

The event will also serve as the kickoff for the 2011 Amber Alert Poster Contest.  The United States Department of Justice sponsors this annual poster contest that challenges fifth grade students to develop posters that represent America’s united goal of bringing missing children home safely.  The winning poster from each state will be displayed at the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony held in May.  The National winner will travel to Washington D.C., along with his/her parents and teacher, to receive an award and participate in the National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony. 

Monday
Dec132010

Hall of Fame Museum Seasonal Hours beginning January 1, 2011

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be converting to it's seasonal hours beginning January 1, 2011 and will return to it's full operating hours on April 18, 2011.  The museums new hours of operation will be as follows...

Monday:  Closed (Except 1/17, 2/21, 3/21)

Tuesday:  Closed (Except 2/22, 3/22)

Wednesday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Friday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday:  10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday
Dec092010

Game Ball From Historic Harlem Globetrotters 4-Point Shot Headed To The Hall Of Fame

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. to display historic memorabilia from basketball’s first-ever 4-pointer.

PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2010) – History was made on Dec. 5, 2010, when basketball’s premier innovators, the Harlem Globetrotters, officially introduced the first-ever 4-point shot to the game of basketball—and the landmark moment will now be preserved for future generations at the mecca of the sport, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Harlem Globetrotter Dizzy Grant drilled the first official 35-footer in the closing seconds of the first quarter of the Globetrotters’ nationally televised victory on ESPN2 over the Washington Generals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.  The basketball and 4-point circle utilized on the shot will now be displayed at the Hall of Fame.

Grant was one of four Globetrotters to successfully hit the groundbreaking shot on the night, along with Special K Daley, Ant Atkinson and Firefly Fisher.

Throughout the Globetrotters’ 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American Tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting circles on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the circles are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line).

Tickets for shows on the Globetrotters’ North American tour are now available. For complete event and ticket information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and 60,000 square feet of basketball history. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. The Harlem Globetrotters were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2002, one of only eight teams to ever be so honored.  

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines, Spalding, and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 85th consecutive year in 2011, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. The Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Monday
Dec062010

Hall of Fame Launches Gift Vouchers In Time For Holidays

Starting Monday, December 6th, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will offer Gift Vouchers to be purchased toward the cost of Museum Admission or items to be bought at its HoopShots Photo Center. Gift Vouchers can be purchased in $10 increments.

From December 6th through the 24th (until 4pm) a special promotional offer will be in effect for the Gift Vouchers. For every $30 in Gift Vouchers that is purchased, receive an additional $10 free! That's a 25% discount!

Gift Vouchers can be purchased at the Hall of Fame Box Office. The Hall of Fame is open 10-4 Sunday through Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. For more information, please call 413-781-6500 or visit the Hall of Fame Box Office in the building's main concourse.