Second Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon Honorees Announced

Springfield Rotary to Honor former Mayor Charles Ryan and Rebecca Lobo

Springfield, Mass. – The Basketball Hall of Fame announced today its honorees for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield Rotary “Service Above Self” Luncheon on Friday, December 9th at 12 pm on Center Court.  This year’s honorees for this year’s luncheon – who live out the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” – are the retired Mayor of Springfield, Charles Ryan and former WNBA and UConn women’s basketball star Rebecca Lobo.

“We are honored to work in conjunction with our friends at the Springfield Rotary to honor two individuals who have had a major impact on our community, the game of basketball and the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said John L. Doleva, President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ryan was the Mayor of Springfield from 1962 to 1967 and again from 2004 to 2008.  Known for his civil service throughout his career, he left a tremendous legacy on Western Massachusetts that spanned over four decades, helping to redraft Springfield's City Charter to its current form.  Mayor Ryan was also the previous head of the Springfield Library Foundation and a strong advocate for the reopening of the Library. He fought closure of the Springfield Armory and was an active fundraiser and contributor for The Elms College and Sisters of St. Joseph.

Lobo was the Massachusetts state scoring record-holder with 2,740 points in her high school basketball career for Southwick-Tolland Regional High School.  She helped lead the UConn Huskies to the 1995 National Championship with an undefeated 35-0 record. In her senior year, she won the 1995 Naismith and College Player of the Year award.  She has since gone on to a successful WNBA career, Olympic Gold Medal and ESPN broadcasting career once she retired, including her work as an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Lobo and her mother, RuthAnn, founded “The RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health” on October 2, 2001 at the University of Connecticut.  Scholarships are awarded annually to students studying health sciences in an effort to encourage diversity in the health professions.

Lobo is also one of the Children’s Miracle Network (“CMN”) Champions and actively supports the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (“HSF”).  The HSF is the nation’s oldest and premier provider of college scholarships to Hispanic Americans.

“Both Charles and Rebecca truly represent our motto of ‘service above self’ and we are extremely honored to thank them for their work throughout their careers,” said Ed Sunter, President of the Rotary Club of Springfield.

The Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase will tip-off with Division II schools AIC and Philadelphia University at 3:00 pm. Philadelphia is coached by Herb Magee, the all-time NCAA wins leader at any level and was recently Enshrined into the Hall of Fame this past summer. A Division III matchup between Springfield College and Trinity College will follow at 5:00 pm finishing with a Division I doubleheader. The 7:00 pm game will feature UMass and Siena with the final game between Fairfield and Old Dominion University starting around 9:00 pm.

For more information on tickets to the luncheon, please contact Jason Fiddler, Director of Museum Sales at 413-231-5540 or

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. 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.

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2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Kentucky

Doron Lamb – Kentucky

Tim Frazier – Penn State

Kent Bazemore – Old Dominion

Augustus Gilchrist – South Florida


Julian Boyd – Long Island

Jamal Olasewere – Long Island

Four McGlynn – Vermont

Chavaughn Lewis – Marist

Jareal Smith – Radford


Coaches Quotes from Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Day 2)


Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

On teams progress
“We are what we are. We’re a young team and we’re still learning. We got out of here alive though.”

On Darius Miller’s impact
“If Darius didn’t play we probably would of gotten beat by 10 or 12.”

On how teams will play them
“I think the blueprint of let’s be real physical. Body to body, bang in there and lets play zone is what we’ll probably see until we see a zone and kill you.”

On turnovers
“We will not win in the SEC with 21 turnovers. We should have 11 or 12 as a team not 21.”

On the team
“We have a long way to go. We are a good team but we have a long way to go. If we want to be special, guys have to keep making incremental steps.”

Darius Miller on his play in the game
“I just try to get what they give me. Coach talked to us about the game plan and I just tried to do what he said.”

On Old Dominion
“Old Dominion played great. They stuck to a game plan. They got the ball whenever they wanted to in the post.”

On Marquis Teague
“When we needed a basket that kid scored.”

Old Dominion Head Coach Blaine Taylor

On the game today
“We weren’t just happy to be here. We wanted to prove we were here to win. I’m not in to moral victories but our team gave a good effort.”

On the start of the season
“I thought we had a little bit of fatigue. We played our fifth game in eight days and we have gotten better and better.”

On Hall of Fame
“The setting here is very complimentary of the Hall of Fame. We’re coming back here in December to play in the event in Springfield. The accommodations were great, the hospitality was great and the tournament was a nice experience to this point.”

On outside shooting
“I think if we would of found some more threes and hit some more we would have been alright.”

On rebounding
“We were No. 1 in the country in rebounding last year and we have a long way to go this year with this team.”

On his teams effort
“I really don’t think any kid on our team thought he played the best he can. So that is very encouraging.”



Coaches Quotes from Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Day 1)


Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari

Why is Doron playing so well?
“His motor is going. He’s not playing a casual game like he did a year ago at times. When he’s got a motor on him you see him out there and say man is he good.”

On Doron Lamb
“In my opinion he’s the best two point shooter in college basketball. He’s a good three-point short. If he gets something 15-17 feet he’s one of those guys that makes that shot. He’s one of the best in college basketball.”

On Penn State
“They are a new team with a new coach. They are going to be fine. They hit us on a bad day. We played pretty good.”

Assessing Marquis Teague
“I’m going to keep working with him. What I told him after the game was I want people looking at him saying I want him as my point guard. I want him to run my team. I just got to keep coaching. He’s a great kid and he listens. I’m not settling for anything else than he’s capable of.”

On winning a national championship
“I would love to win national titles. That’s not my focus and not just my goal. I’d love it for the university, I’d love it for the fans. What I said is if none of my players were drafted I’d be disappointed.”

“All I want my players to do is reach their dreams. I just want players getting better.”

Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers

“Kentucky is a great team and you can tell they are the no. 2 in the country.”

“I think our young guys are going to grow up with games like that. We have to use this as a learning experience.”

On being down and coming out at halftime
“Pride in Penn State. Pride in what we do.

On playing tomorrow again right away.
“I think its great for the kids and players to get back on the floor right away. “

What will be different for tomorrow?
“Today was about Penn State and about us. Tomorrow nothing changes. We have to play harder and execute better. It’s about Penn State and bringing these guys together more each day.”


Old Dominion Head Coach Blaine Taylor

Difference in second half
“ I think the fact that my guys outrebounded them in the second half and overtime was a big difference.”

On individual performances
“I thought some guys stepped forward and did some things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. I thought getting Nick Wright back for the first game helped us from the front line and some size I thought Kent Bazemore played his best game so far. Chris Cooper was very good during the stretch when we needed it.”

On playing South Florida
“A lot of respect for the Big East Conference. A lot of respect for South Florida. We have played against that league over and over and many times successfully and we can add this one to the list.”

Minutes from Kent Bazemore
“He’s a competitor and he gave us tough minutes and gave us guts. And that’s what I’m happy with regarding Kent. He was trying very hard and was very competitive.”

On pulling out the victory in overtime
“We are far from a finished product. We are finding a way to win games.”

On younger players today
“Dimitri was a little shot in the arm. He has played well in the games to date. We finished the first half with three freshmen on the court. We need them to play well and be more ready at times. He was one of the guys that was.”

Playing Kentucky
“They are very good. We are excited to play a game with so much meaning. It’s a nice stage and platform for our university to be on. We have been in the post-season the last seven years. We have our work cut out for us.”



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